Published: 7th Dec 2020

A lack of funding is preventing local authorities, which have already declared climate emergencies, from going green, according to a new report. The report by the Green Alliance claims that three quarters of councils in England have declared climate emergencies and want to follow through with ambitious plans. But it adds councils are being held back by a lack of resources and support from Whitehall. In fact, the report claims unless the government works collaboratively with local authorities on this agenda, it will find it hard to meet its 2050 net zero carbon goal. This is because local authorities have jurisdiction over elements of housing and transport, two highly emitting sectors. The report adds that last month’s Spending Review provided some relief for local authorities but will not reverse years of funding cuts that have left the environment functions in local authorities severely depleted. Due to their lower capacity and knowledge … (To read the full article, subscribe below)