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Councils Likely to Be Assessed on Sustainability

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Likely to Be Assessed on Sustainability

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Local authorities might in future be assessed on their green' efforts as part of the 'use of resources' assessments conducted by the Audit Commission, its chair has revealed.

Michael O'Higgins told delegates he wanted a sixth category added to the assessment, which would examine specifically whether resources are used in a sustainable manner.

O'Higgins stopped short of confirming that the change would go ahead, but he did give a clear commitment that the watchdog would incorporate sustainability into the post-2008 inspection regime for authorities in some form.

'We aim to put sustainability right at the heart of our work and the work of those organisations we regulate,' O'Higgins said.

His comments, on July 4, came the day after the LGA's Climate Change Commission published its interim report, which called for councils to take a much stronger role in persuading residents to adapt their lifestyles to use energy more efficiently and reduce carbon emissions. …

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