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Call for Statutory Climate Change Role for Councils

Magazine article Public Finance

Call for Statutory Climate Change Role for Councils

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Local authorities should be placed under a statutory duty to guarantee the environmental sustainability of their areas for future generations, leading green campaigners said this week.

Warren Hatter, director of public sector programmes at sustainable development charity Forum for the Future, said the publication of Sir Nicholas Stern's review of the economics of climate change was a turning point in public policy making. Although a national framework was needed, local action was also necessary, he added.

'For all Ks strengths, there's very little [In the local government white paper] that Is practical on climate change or sustalnable development,' Hatter told PuWte Finance. 'What Is good Is that It explicitly puts local authorities In a leadership role... The overriding duty on local authorities and Local Strategic Partnerships should be about the long-term viability of the area. …

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