Laura Sharman 04 December 2020

Whitehall failing to harness councils’ enthusiasm on climate action

Whitehall failing to harness councils’ enthusiasm on climate action image

The Government will fail to meet its 2050 net zero carbon target without working in partnership with local authorities, a new report has warned.

Green Alliance said that despite three-quarters of English local authorities declaring climate emergencies, they lack the skills, funding and wider support from central Government to go green.

The report highlights the fact councils have jurisdiction over elements of housing and transport, two highly emitting sectors. It also points to the fact local councils are more trusted than central government so are best to coordinate action and encourage lifestyle changes.

Philippa Borrowman, policy adviser at Green Alliance, said: ‘The Government is missing a trick when it comes to working with local authorities on climate-related issues.

’Councils are close to the people, businesses and environments which they serve and our interviews have revealed just how passionate they are to address the climate emergency and do the best for their communities. They will be pivotal in supporting the roll-out of low carbon housing and transport policies and ensuring they work for everyone, in every community.’

The report calls for a joint approach between central government and local authorities, and for this to be linked to the forthcoming devolution white paper. It also said councils should have more flexibility to use their powers within the planning system to accelerate decarbonisation.

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey image

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey

Michael Coughlin describes how Surrey CC is developing a ‘rich and granular’ understanding of how its residents, communities and the local economy are being impacted by the pandemic.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Youth Offending Team

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Social Worker - Youth Offending TeamPermanent, Full Time£30,906 to £42,254 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Programme Communications Officer

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Programme Communications OfficerTemporary, Full Time£14.00 per hourLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Finance Assistant

City of York Council
£18,865 - £20,013 per annum
The successful candidate will... York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Social Worker - Children With Disabilities

Essex County Council
£30906 - £42254 per annum + + Free Parking and Benefits Package
Social Worker - Children With Disabilities - ChelmsfordPermanent Full Time£30,906 to £42,254 per annumClosing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Strategy Officer

Barnet London Borough Council
£39,867 - £44,790 Per Annum
An exciting opportunity for a Strategy Officer to support the Strategy Managers in delivering high-profile corporate projects and the development... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue