In May 2017, the government released its updated air quality action plan. The consultation ended on 15 June. The plan states that local authorities are “best placed to take the lead” on air pollution, but no new funding is announced. Anticipated incentives to discourage diesel car purchases were postponed.
The UK’s environmental legislation has been heavily influenced by the EU and the task of transposing EU legislation into domestic law is a huge practical challenge. Without a strong economic agent championing its interests, the environment may “fall through the cracks”.
This report, written by the Town and Country Planning Association and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examines the degree to which climate change mitigation and adaptation is reflected as a priority in local plans in England.
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