Meet the new breed of sustainable bonds
UK local authorities are well placed to access the capital markets through Envrionmental, Social and Governance bonds, and the range of projects they can fund is vast, says Christian Wall.
The potential of new social value measures is huge
The impact of the UK Government’s new social value measures should not be underestimated, as they prioritise what’s important, according to David Dinsdale.
LEPs: delivering on jobs and diversity
Local enterprise partnerships have worked across boundaries and borders to help create or preserve almost 18,000 jobs, and as Stacey King explains, they have also made great strides on diversity.
A task as difficult as good community engagement needs a plan
When it comes to climate action some communities are labelled ‘hard to reach’ – but when they speak, do we listen, asks Chris Church.
Planning for climate power
A new report from APSE Energy looks at the practical ways in which the power of planning can be harnessed to embed climate change ambitions, say Phil Brennan and Paul O’Brien.
At the right level
As the heart of the UK's knowledge and biotech economies, Oxford urgently needs urban leadership powers to deliver regional growth crucial to national renewal and recovery, writes Jonathan Werran.
Changing the climate from within
Kate Wilson looks at the challenge of finding talent in an increasingly competitive and talent-short market, while continuing to progress the overall goal of zero carbon emissions.
Councils face ‘wide range of barriers’ to tackle climate change
The Government must engage with councils and provide resources to achieve net-zero targets, MPs have said.
Shifting the story in Sheffield
Sheffield City Council’s new chief executive Kate Josephs talks to Heather Jameson about her new role guiding ‘an incredible city’ through the big challenges ahead – and making it more ‘confident, and outward looking and optimistic’.
Our chance is now on climate change
The penalty for not using our new pandemic mindset doesn’t bear thinking about, says Gill Kneller. 'With climate change, there won’t be another chance. Our chance is now', she adds.
Warwick to overhaul climate change plans
Warwick DC is to redraw its plans to tackle climate change after abandoning a green tax referendum.
Put climate change at the heart of building back, say MPs
Climate change needs to be at the heart of the government’s plans to build back the economy after COVID-19, MPs have declared.
Pulling together at the top
Calderdale Council won the senior leadership team of the year in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Chief executive Robin Tuddenham tells Heather Jameson his top team ‘are fundamentally incredibly skilled and knowledgeable but, secondly, connect to each other’
Flood recovery funding calls rejected
The Government has ruled out releasing national funds for flood recovery in the wake of Storm Christoph.
Levelling up means devolving down
To ‘build back better’ we need to use recovery to invest in approaches that foster stronger place-based partnerships, says Graham Duxbury.
Westminster must not sidestep local capacity and expertise on net zero
Local government has already shown its commitment to net zero, so it is crucial that Government invests in this collective effort across the UK, says Sarah Longlands.
A blueprint for locally-led green recovery
A coalition including councils, Ashden, ADEPT and others is arguing for five priorities for action to ensure the UK meets its 2050 net zero emissions target, says Cara Jenkinson.
Rewards of doughnut decision-making
Cornwall Council is using the ‘doughnut economics’ model to help the county navigate the uncertainties and complexities of the climate crisis, including the risks of accelerating inequality. Cllr Edwina Hannaford explains.
Driving community wealth and green jobs in Lewes
Isaac Stanley looks at how Lewes DC is using the potential of community wealth building to increase opportunities for ‘green’ jobs, and to tackle both economic injustice and the threat posed by climate change.
Guiding freeport proposals in the Thames Estuary
Kate Willard and Perry Glading outline the Thames Estuary Growth Board’s guiding principles for freeport proposals, based on six key areas.