Published: 7th Oct 2020

Whitehall urgently needs to share more power with cities, towns and rural areas to tackle the growing environmental crisis, according to a new report. A new paper by the think tank IPPR warns that UK’s current political system is ‘dangerously unprepared’ to tackle issues like climate change and needs urgent reform. It notes that notes that many local authorities have already declared climate emergencies and are reducing their emissions, but that there is no current requirement for them to do so, nor do they have sufficient resources or powers. It follows calls earlier this year from IPPR North for a ‘Plan for Nature in the North’ including substantial, long-term and devolved funding from central government of roughly £50-100 billion over the next 25 years. The report also calls for citizens’ juries and citizens’ assemblies, which can explore complex issues to be set up. And it recommends ministers set up a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)