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Dundee City Council has joined the Carbon Management Programme to ensure the council’s commitment to greenhouse gas reduction is incorporated into new and established strategies. The city council reduced energy consumption by 11.2% and the initiatives employed included the use of 350,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Central Efficiency Fund.
In this edition of Policy Platform we have articles from: Cllr Paul Bettison from Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Cllr Margaret Eaton from the Local Government Association and Neil McInroy from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies on the topic of how local government should be represented in national politics.
A project with the aim of raising the profile of environmental issues in Neath Port Talbot using a range of media to gain popular familiarity and recognition about a range of issues. A website and has formed the hub of the initiative with a ‘green map’. It has cost approximately 11,500 and has attracted 250 website hits per month.
This project is designed to involve young people in the decision making process of the Council and to create a positive role model for the Council. It also presents and opportunity to promote cohesion amongst young people from different communities. It costs almost nothing to do and has many potential benefits.
Voter turnout at local and national elections is consistently low, and falls far behind most other Western countries. But why is this? This edition of Policy Platform aims to explore this question and to understand what may be required to re-engage people in a political process which increasingly large numbers of people distrust or do not care about.
This report represents the final policy recommendations from over six months of discussions, workshops and research into the policies of a model environmentally sustainable Council. Here we present some discussion around the issues and some practical examples of local government and environmental sustainability
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and the Audit Commission looking at the financial pressures on local government and the associated themes for how to deal with the effects of the recession. Steve Bundred, Chief Executive of the Audit Commission introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
Some recommendations around the need to fundamentally reconnect local government investments with the creation of a civil society, a sustainable environment, and linked to these, a strong local economy.
Scotcash offers affordable loans and a range of financial services for socially and financially excluded citizens which meet the financial and social plans of the Council.
These essays provide an insight into the current thinking on the future of mayors and local government. The essays here are persuasive, yet despite the strong differences of opinion, we can begin to see the potential for some kind of consensus for the future.