The Environment Agency now does not have sufficient staff to investigate incidents properly. The National Incident Recording System shows that in 2021, there were 116,000 potential incidents reported, and only 8,000 were attended. This hands-off approach was also extended to the Environment Agency’s farm inspections. Pollution runs off farms from animal manure, pesticides and fertilisers into rivers. In 2015, Environment Secretary, Liz Truss, told Parliament “We have seen a reduction of 34,000 farm inspections a year and an 80 per cent reduction in red tape from Defra”. In 2018-19, inspectors visited only 403 farms to check for activities causing water pollution out of 106,000 registered farms in England. The wildlife group WildFish calculated that at that rate, farms could expect an inspection every 263 years.