Severe flooding in 2015 prompted the government to review its flooding strategy. This briefing considers this review and also the report from the Environmental Audit Committee on flooding co-operation across government - with strong relevance for local authorities. The review did not cover governance.
The Independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its annual progress report for 2016. This briefing will outline findings from the report and is relevant for those in local authorities who wish to stay up to date with the latest progress in climate change policy implementation.
The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) have published reports criticising reforms of the planning system in England. Both question the outcomes that the revised planning system can achieve, particularly around social and environmental issues such as reducing inequalities and tackling climate change.
What happened at COP-2 and what happens next: implementing the world’s first global climate change agreement
The United Nations Climate Change Convention Conference of the Parties (COP) concluded with a global agreement to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Local government is crucial to implementation – urban centres globally are at the forefront of the climate change response.
A new LGiU report, Resilience in Practice, looks at what resilience means for local authorities. The paper argues that building an understanding of resilience at the local level will enable better responses to the big challenges we face, and offers guidance for councils to facilitate their thinking about the subject.
The first hundred days is a significant milestone in a new government’s journey. Have they been implementing manifesto commitments, what has been dropped or amended, what’s new? What is the impact and what does it tell us about what the political weather may hold for the next 1725 days?
The Airports Commission has published its final report into airport expansion., recommending a new full-length runway at Heathrow. This briefing provides an overview of the report and also looks at some of the reactions to it from politicians, business leaders and environmental campaigners
A new online mapping tool published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation enables users in local authorities to explore "climate change disadvantage" at a neighbourhood scale across England. It brings together climate risk and social vulnerability spatially and is a unique tool for local authorities and their partners.
This report by the IPPR encourages cities to engage in the energy supply market directly- by stimulating local distributed energy generation, and to invest in low-carbon infrastructure through, especially, their pension funds. It argues that the current energy market model is failing and local authorities can create new revenue streams…
* This briefing is the second of two looking at the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. * It summarises its latest report which assesses the most up-to-date scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social evidence, from across the world, on the mitigation of climate change. * The findings…