Boris Johnson unveils £5bn 'New Deal' recovery package

30th June 2020

Web boris shutterstock 1460208122

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Central government ,
  • Infrastructure ,
  • Investment


Alan Hesketh

Prime minister Boris Johnson has today recommitted to tree-planting plans under a £5bn 'New Deal' to help the UK “build back greener“ from the coronavirus crisis.

In a major speech in the West Midlands, Johnson outlined government plans to “build, build, build“ as part of a “Rooseveltian“ deal to spur economic growth.

This will include £1.5bn for hospitals, £1bn for schools, and £900m for “shovel ready“ local growth projects in England over the course of this year and next.

Johnson also reaffirmed plans to plant over 75,000 acres of trees every year by 2025, and pledged £40m for local conservation projects that create 3,000 jobs and safeguard 2,000.

“It sounds positively Rooseveltian. It sounds like a New Deal. All I can say is that if so, then that is how it is meant to sound and to be, because that is what the times demand,“ he said.

“To that end we will build build build. Build back better, build back greener, build back faster and to do that at the pace that this moment requires.“

Johnson also talked about an “infrastructure revolution“ across the UK, adding: “This government not only has a vision to change this country for the better, we have a mission to unite and level up.“

The infrastructure plans were welcomed by the Association for Decentralised Energy (The ADE), but it urged the government to focus on projects that ensure a green recovery.

“It is not enough to just 'build, build, build' to really put the country into the green economic recovery it urgently needs,“ the association said in a statement.

“By 2050, UK families will still be living in 80% of the housing stock that is standing today - already old and in need of refurbishment and retrofitting in order to meet net-zero targets.“

The creation of 'conservation rangers' was also announced today, which are intended to safeguard natural carbon stores and wildlife habitats like meadows, rivers, and local green spaces.

However, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) described the plans as “lukewarm“ and warned that they only address part of what is needed for a successful economic recovery.

“To avoid catastrophe we need a low-carbon, nature-powered recovery, not one weighed down by tarmac and concrete,“ WWF chief executive Tanya Steele said.

“This is another missed opportunity – and we don't have many chances left.“

Image credit: Shutterstock


Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.

Transform articles

How much is too much?

While there is no silver bullet for tackling climate change and social injustice, there is one controversial solution: the abolition of the super-rich. Chris Seekings explains more

4th April 2024

Read more

Alex Veitch from the British Chambers of Commerce and IEMA’s Ben Goodwin discuss with Chris Seekings how to unlock the potential of UK businesses

4th April 2024

Read more

Five of the latest books on the environment and sustainability

3rd April 2024

Read more

The UK’s major cities lag well behind their European counterparts in terms of public transport use. Linking development to transport routes might be the answer, argues Huw Morris

3rd April 2024

Read more

Ben Goodwin reflects on policy, practice and advocacy over the past year

2nd April 2024

Read more

A hangover from EU legislation, requirements on the need for consideration of nutrient neutrality for developments on many protected sites in England were nearly removed from the planning system in 2023.

2nd April 2024

Read more

It’s well recognised that the public sector has the opportunity to work towards a national net-zero landscape that goes well beyond improving on its own performance; it can also influence through procurement and can direct through policy.

19th March 2024

Read more

The UK government’s carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) strategy is based on optimistic techno-economic assumptions that are now outdated, Carbon Tracker has warned.

13th March 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close