Dr. Andy Johnston, Chief Operating Officer for the LGIU, covers the launch of a new flooding policy statement from Defra and an associated Flood and Coastal Erosion Management (FCERM) strategy for England from the Environment Agency. Both documents are hard-wired into the new Environment Bill 2020 and the Agriculture Bill 2020
This briefing looks at household organic waste management: the size of the problem, how local governments are working to divert organic waste from landfill, and the supporting infrastructure and services required to make smarter use of organic waste.
In this Swift Read we examine briefly the environmental, social and financial cases for local government divestment from fossil fuels, before looking at steps that councillors and officers can take to support a green shift in pension fund portfolios.
This briefing outlines the key recommendations recently made by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery to Scottish Government. These recommendations are detailed in a recent report outlining the steps needed to safeguard a fair and sustainable economic recovery from Covid-19.
Ecological connectivity is a measure of an animal’s ability to move freely across the landscape to access food, shelter or a suitable mate. This case study looks at the Ecological Connectivity Framework developed by the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, in partnership with the City of Melbourne and partners.
Connor Smith, LGIU Associate, goes over the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ announced on Wednesday 8 July, highlighting the key green elements of the announcement and discussing the implications for working towards a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 has highlighted the cracks in our current food supply, but also presents an opportunity for harnessing – and acting on – collective enthusiasm over rebuilding sustainably. Sarah Duley, Head of Food at Soil Association Scotland, encourages local authorities to consider the social, economic and environmental benefit to shortening supply chains and sourcing food locally.
How are councils planning and working to deliver recovery? What will recovery look like? Jonathan Carr-West and Ingrid Koehler discuss the LGIU’s Post Covid Councils work including the latest strand on sustainable development and how you can get involved. We also speak to Councillor Gavin Callaghan, the leader of Basildon Council about their plans for…
June saw Micheál Martin elected Taoiseach with support from FG, Green and Independent T.D’s, with more cabinet appointments listed in this briefing. In other news, members of Greens, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael overwhelmingly endorsed Programme for Government.
This briefing examines the concept of ‘Doughnut Economics’ as an increasingly popular model around which to structure change at a local level. For local government, this model offers a guide to policy making that re-centres value by setting out the social and ecological parameters for decision-making while fostering collaboration and inter-departmental working.