The organisers of citizens’ climate juries in London and North East have revealed their key calls to actions for Mayors, councils and the central government, including job creation in low-carbon sectors and a longer-term alternative to the Green Homes Grant. The London project, coordinated by Citizens UK, released its conclusions through a new Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report this week after ten months of discussions. Taking the members’ calls to action into account, the think-tank has translated them into quantitative targets for the UK Government and for London’s next Mayor. Entitled ‘London: A Just Transition City’, the report names air pollution, fuel poverty, home energy efficiency and green jobs and apprenticeships as priority areas of action. On fuel poverty and energy efficiency, the IPPR report is recommending that at least 100,000 homes classed as fuel poor are retrofitted over the next Mayoral term. After the central Government pulled the majority of the £2bn funding initially allocated for the Green Homes Grant, the IPPR recommends that landlords and local authorities should instead complete the work, with incentives from either City Hall or the Government. On green jobs, the report recommends the creation of 60,000 green jobs and apprenticeships in sectors relating to nature and the low-carbon transition over the next mayoral term. Workers in these jobs should be paid at the living wage as a minimum and the roles should be accessible to those in underprivileged communities, the IPPR is urging.
Edie 18th Feb 2021 read more »