Climate change

  • Creating the new normal

    27 July 2021

    George Thorley looks at our nations’ challenges as they start to look beyond the pandemic. He argues for the strengthening of the role of local government as a key component of the new normal.


  • Reaching net zero will be delivered at the local level

    26 July 2021

    While the Government has set a national goal, reaching net zero – and the changes that need to be made – will be delivered at the local level, says Andrew Carter.


  • Government needs to prep SMEs for net-zero

    26 July 2021

    The Government needs to step up its COP26 campaigns to get small and medium sized businesses ready for net-zero, the chair of a Parliamentary committee has warned.


  • Building back better in the UK and US

    22 July 2021

    Annabel Smith and Thomas Hauschildt look at what emerged from a Centre for Progressive Policy debate on the role of place in driving forward the build back better agenda in the UK and US.


  • This is our chance to level up for Cornwall

    19 July 2021

    The themes in the Prime Minister’s levelling up speech chime clearly with Cornwall Council’s plan to build back stronger, greener and fairer, says Cllr Linda Taylor.


  • Government criticised for ‘lack of clarity’ over net-zero strategy

    16 July 2021

    Auditors have criticised the Government for not providing local authorities with clarity about their role in achieving net-zero by 2050.


  • Prudential borrowing threat reduced

    07 July 2021

    The threat of high levels of prudential borrowing by councils for commercial property investments has been downgraded by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).


  • Call for recognition of councils' role in net zero strategy

    02 July 2021

    A group of local government, environmental and research organisations has called for powers and resources for councils as part of the national net zero strategy.


  • Supporting the next generation of public services: partnerships and a digital fabric

    30 June 2021

    How can local authorities build a digital fabric that supports the future of their communities? BT outline five fundamental steps to achieving this.


  • Pensions chairman surprised at preparedness findings

    25 June 2021

    The chairman of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) advisory board has expressed surprise at a survey that found most funds unprepared for a major change.


  • Councillors reject fossil fuel pension divestment

    25 June 2021

    Wrexham CBC has voted down a motion to pressure a pension fund into shifting investment away from firms dealing in carbon fuels.


  • Planning for a greener Scotland

    23 June 2021

    With a draft of the latest, environmentally focused Scottish National Planning Framework set for publication later this year, how might this change councils’ approach to applications, asks Rory Alexander.


  • Cities are not mere delivery agents for nations

    22 June 2021

    All the global cities at the first 'G7 U7' summit were on the frontline during the pandemic, says Cllr Nick Forbes. 'They all suffered as a result, but our discussion made clear they are also the places most capable of delivering recovery'.


  • Call for government to match local ambitions on climate change

    22 June 2021

    Councils have said their efforts to reduce carbon emissions are being constrained by a lack of powers and funding.


  • Strathclyde in divestment threat

    02 June 2021

    Scotland’s largest local government pension fund will drop investments in fossil fuel firms that fail to act on the climate emergency.


  • Paint your town a rainbow

    02 June 2021

    Helen Power and Tom Lloyd Goodwin look at what can be learned from a new book telling the story of CLES’s collaborative work in Preston on a bespoke approach to community wealth building.


  • Reaping the benefits from urban green space need not cost the earth

    02 June 2021

    Urban areas, even those that are densely populated, can still play host to biologically diverse plant and animal life, especially if they are supported to do this by sensitive and intelligent local land management, says Paul O'Brien.


  • Five success factors for delivering a fair recovery

    02 June 2021

    PwC has identified five success factors it believes are crucial to levelling up the UK, say Jonathan House and Ben Pykett. It’s time to take a broader approach to growth, they believe.


  • A fresh challenge

    26 May 2021

    The new president of ADEPT Paula Hewitt outlines her hopes and plans as the sector slowly recovers from the COVID pandemic – and says ‘real’ collaboration is vital to a successful future for places and communities.


  • We are getting warmer on climate change

    26 May 2021

    The Government needs to apply the same problem solving to climate change as it has to tackling the pandemic, says Kathy O'Leary.