Dan Peters 02 March 2020

Council votes for climate change referendum

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Warwick DC has voted to hold a referendum on a 34.2% rise in its share of council tax to fund a climate emergency action programme.

Councillors unanimously voted in favour of a May referendum, which, if won, would mean an increase of £1 per week for an average household.

The council will put the extra cash raised into a £3m annual ring-fenced climate action fund.

Council leader, Cllr Andrew Day, said the referendum was an ‘incredible chance’ for the district’s residents to take decisive action against climate change.

He said: ‘All parties have put aside their differences to come together to support this ambitious plan.

'Warwick district could be the pioneers in battling climate change.

‘The time to do something about climate change isn’t in a few years’ time – it’s right now.

‘Many people say they’d like to do something about climate change and this is a chance for Warwick district to prove it.

'We urge Warwick district’s voters to take this incredible opportunity to actively combat climate change.’

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