Government funding for national parks slashed by millions over last five years
Government funding for England’s much loved national parks has been slashed over the last five years, new analysis has shown.
Despite promises to protect their finances, they will receive significantly less money from government grants by 2020 than they were a decade earlier, a Press Association investigation found.
With the exception of the South Downs National Park, which did not become fully operational until April 2011, England’s national parks have seen their funding cut by a quarter in money terms between 2010/2011 and 2015/2016.
This amounts to an overall loss of £10 million.
Once inflation is taken into account, cuts have been even more severe, with parks reporting real terms reductions of up to 40 per cent.
Funding for the South Downs was at its highest in 2011/2012, at just under £11.4 million, but its funding too has fallen since then to just under £9.8 million in the last financial year.
The Yorkshire Dales is seeing a bigger boost in its grant in the next two years, as a result of the extension of the area of the park by almost a quarter in 2016.
However, it reported its funding will still be significantly below pre-cuts levels in 2020.

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