Action on climate crisis
Watch The MJ and Local Partnerships pre COP26 webinar series designed for local authorities seeking to accelerate their action against the climate crisis through practical solutions.
Is there much rigour to the Spending Review?
The District Councils’ Network’s clear requests include a year-on-year, real-terms increase in Government-funded spending power across the Spending Review, with the certainty and stability of a multi-year financial settlement, says Ian Miller.
Why we need to talk about floodplains
Continuing to build new homes in floodplain areas without resilience measures is a planned catastrophe, writes Localis’ Grace Newcombe.
Joint Cabinet meeting 'first of its kind'
A joint Cabinet meeting held between Wales’ council leaders and senior Welsh ministers is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.
Lifting up our high streets
Engaging with and empowering communities are crucial to rejuvenating our high streets, and we must ensure citizens’ voices are heard and listened to, says Kathy Kyle Bonomini.
Filling the hydrogen information gap
The Building a Hydrogen Society campaign is aimed at local authorities and offers best practice case studies to help inform their climate strategy decisions, says Clare Jackson.
Future Forum: Government decarbonisation 'barriers' to fall
Next month’s COP26 climate change conference could be a watershed moment for the energy sector, an expert has told The MJ's Future Forum event.
Councils warned to expect climate protests
Councils have been warned new climate activist group Insulate Britain intends to target other regions in the coming weeks after protests targetted the south-east, The MJ understands.
Leeds warns it may miss net-zero target
Councillors have been told further funds and powers will be needed to achieve Leeds City Council’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.
Councils’ net-zero hopes dashed
There are no plans for new powers, frameworks or funding overhauls in the Government’s net-zero strategy, ministers have admitted.
Hughes hints at multi-year funding settlement
Junior minister Eddie Hughes has attempted to reassure councils that a multi-year funding settlement may be approaching.
The clock is tickling
Local government is awaiting the outcome of some important announcements in the next couple of months, says Paul O'Brien. Will the Government trust councils to crack on?
Climate leadership demands delivery at scale and pace
What are the practical steps that councils can take, now, to help reduce their carbon emissions and establish a firm track on the journey to net zero? Jo Wall offers her advice
Planning overhaul ‘crucial’ to climate change
Changes to planning should be a priority in the fight against climate change, MPs have been told.
Councils ask for national support on climate change
Councils have said they stand ready to take action to reduce carbon emissions, but require action from central government.
Planning’s darkest hour?
Hugh Ellis and Dan Stone ask why England’s national planning policy does not prioritise action on climate change. Government ‘is fiddling while the world burns’, they conclude.
Tackling health inequalities and the climate crisis in tandem
Graham Duxbury explains why a solid social infrastructure can help households to take back control of their energy bills and improve their quality of life.
Getting bid quality right
Using Oldham’s regeneration strategy as an example, Stephen Cox presents his guide to the three key themes he says should form the backbone of high quality bids for levelling up cash.
Avoiding a local climate disaster
COP26 may be a global event to tackle climate change, but we need local action too, says Gill Kneller.
The Paralympics and public procurement for the public good
We need to make sure the principles that drove big set piece investments such as London 2012 are reflected in everyday public spending, says Patrick Thomson from the Shaw Trust Foundation.