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Local Government 'Needs £28M More to Meet Climate Change Challenges'

Magazine article Public Finance

Local Government 'Needs £28M More to Meet Climate Change Challenges'

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Town halls will need more money if they are to help the government achieve their ambitious carbon emission targets, local government leaders warned this week.

Responding to the publication of the 2006 Climate Change Programme, Tomorrow's climate, today's challenge, David Sparks, chair of the Local Government Associations environment board, applauded the recognition that councils were leading the way in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.

'We want to bring all councils up to the level of those which are the best at tackling climate change,' he said. 'But in order for this to happen we need more money, in the region of £28m, so we can harness the work of all council departments.'

A total of 109 councils have now signed up to the Nottingham Declaration - a voluntary pledge to take on the issue of climate change, signed by the leader and chief executive of a council.

Speaking at the launch of the programme on March 28, communities and local government minister David Miliband said climate change was one of the most important and daunting challenges facing society.

'We need to use all levers of government to achieve change,' he said. 'The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister s commitment is to sustainable communities but these also have to be environmentally sustainable. …

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