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Climate Summit Commitment agreed by CLG, Defra and LGA

Climate Summit Commitment agreed by CLG, Defra and LGA

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On Thursday 24 th May, LGA Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell co-hosted a Climate Summit with Defra Secretary of State, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, attended by Andrew Stunell MP and LGA Board Members. Members shared local perspectives on the opportunities and challenges posed by a changing climate and discussed ‘Climate Local’ the LGA’s council-led initiative to drive action on climate change in the local government sector. A joint commitment was agreed between the LGA and Government Departments to support ongoing work with councils. Supporting the joint commitment, LGA Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell said: “Councils are already at the heart of protecting people from the disruption caused by the changing climate and extreme weather. We know firsthand the risks and how best to mitigate them whether that be developing flood defences, gritting the roads during a snowy winter or laying on extra care for vulnerable people in a heat wave. “Local authorities have built up a wealth of experience and expertise at combating the challenges brought by Mother Nature. Weather conditions and climate threats differ throughout the country. This is why it is key that local authorities are given maximum flexibility to develop their own ideas and strategies. Centrally imposed targets often miss the point and, at a time when councils have had their budgets cut by 28 per cent, risk being unaffordable. “To support councils the LGA is developing a new initiative, Climate Local, to drive and champion council-led action on climate change in a way which will ensure local authorities can get the best results and value for money with the resources they have available.”
Tags: climate change adaptation change
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