Leadership in a tough climate
Leader of Glasgow City Council Susan Aitken says COP26 is the city’s chance to show how its own integrated approach can lead the world in ensuring a climate-resilient future.
Acting together on climate change
Molly Hogg explains why local authorities should collaborate with community groups to tackle climate change and highlights how the approach is being used in Cumbria.
Tackling health inequalities and the climate crisis in tandem
Graham Duxbury explains why a solid social infrastructure can help households to take back control of their energy bills and improve their quality of life.
EXCLUSIVE: Poorer authorities are losing out on decarbonisation cash
Some local authorities with high levels of fuel poverty and energy inefficient social housing are losing out in competitive bidding rounds for home decarbonisation cash, says new analysis.
Is funding meeting councils’ needs on decarbonationisation?
Analysis by Nesta raises some questions about the effectiveness of competitive grant funding schemes to support local authorities’ role in home decarbonisation, says Madeleine Gabriel.
District heating can help deliver on social housing energy efficiency pledges
Dr Tanja Groth discusses why district heating should form a key part of the Government’s post-coronavirus green agenda.
Building Community Power in Bristol
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees outlines why the city has joined the Keep it Local network – a new coalition of councils who are seeking to harness the power of community.
Fuelling the future
Hiba Mahamadi looks at how the two councils who have stepped in to the energy market have fared so far and at whether the future lies in striking up white label partnerships.
White van man on... UN intervention
What have our food banks got to do with the United Nations? Hasn’t it got better things to do? I thought it was set up to stop wars, not poke its nose into our business. It’s up to us, led by our own useless politicians, rather than be told what to do by a load of even more useless, overpaid foreigners whom we never voted for and never hear from one year to the next. I mean, what does the UN know about poverty when most of them are paid fat salaries and pensions with[..]
Council launches energy company
Liverpool City Council has launched a not-for-profit energy company to tackle fuel poverty.
Retiring into poverty?
Janet Morrison says a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation provides insight into the impact of the 1.6m pensioners living in poverty.
Industrial strategy will help local government
A pair of very contrasting reports have been published on the cost of poverty to local government. Michael Burton examines the results and considers the impact of Theresa May's stance on industrial policy
Call for councils to take on ‘Big Six’ energy purchasers
Every council in England could soon enter the energy business and take on the ‘Big Six,’ according to Grant Thornton.
The devil’s in the detail on reducing inequalities
David Cameron's efforts to tackle inequality might be admirable but fail to consider the crucial role of local authorities. Michael Burton reports
An alternative to the big six
With the average UK household currently spending around £1,200 on energy each year, energy prices have turned up the heat on politicians, writes Paul O'Brien.
LGA: one in six councils to axe crisis loans
Government welfare cuts will force three in four local authorities to scrap or cut back on emergency financial support to crisis-ridden residents from next April, the Local Government Association has claimed.
Tackling fuel poverty
David Kemp analyses the Government's chances of hitting targets of the 'Cutting the cost of keeping warm' programme.