England & Wales, Global Climate action and sustainable development, Democracy, devolution and governance

Report launch: Building democratic support for local climate action


This session is open exclusively to LGIU members. Not a member but interested in this report launch? Reach out to us to explore how we can work with your organisation!


Join us for the launch of a new report on local government’s democratic leadership on climate action. The report was created through a partnership between the Local Democracy Research Centre at LGIU and Browne Jacobson. It focuses on how councils are building consensus and support among local communities for big decisions around decarbonisation, as well as the challenges of doing so in the context of a rising cost of living and other pressures on council budgets. The report launch promises to be an informative and engaging event, where attendees can learn more about the findings and engage in discussions around the implications for local government and communities.

Key outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of how local councils are building consensus and support for decarbonisation efforts in their communities.
  • Learn about the challenges local councils face in implementing climate action plans in the context of budget constraints and rising costs of living.
  • Engage in discussions with other participants about the implications of the report’s findings for local government and communities.

Who should attend

This event would be of interest to anyone who is interested in local government, climate action, and community engagement. It is particularly relevant for local authority officers and elected members with a focus on environmental advocacy.

Your LGIU Experts

Dr Andrew Walker leads LGIU’s research programme and directs the Local Democracy Research Centre. As part of a collaboration between LGIU and Queen Mary, University of London, Andrew completed a PhD thesis on governance and power following devolution in the Greater Manchester City-Region. He studied politics at the University of Leeds and has an MA in the History of Political Thought from Queen Mary, University of London.
Ben Standing is a partner at Browne Jacobson, and specialises in public, planning, and environmental law. He is recognised as an expert in planning and environmental law and has extensive experience advising on large infrastructure projects, marine matters, and a range of other issues, such as rights-of-way, community infrastructure levy, and environmental impact assessments. Ben has had articles published in the Times and the Planner and works closely with bodies such as Lawyers in Local Government and the UK Environmental Law Association.

What others are saying about LGIU workshops

“It was really good to hear from both other local authorities and LGIU experts. The experts were excellent in keeping things as clear & simple as possible. The session was chaired well and I very much appreciate the speed at which LGIU put this workshop in place. I took quite a lot away from it.

– Bryn, from Aberystwyth