Local authorities are ready and willing to deliver on the UK’s climate goals, but efforts are being thwarted by lack of funding, investment, and resources, a new report has warned. The Power Shift Report, published today by local government network UK100, warns local leaders are unable to deliver effectively on local and national climate goals because they are victims of an overcentralised governance system that is “structurally incapable of delivering net zero”. The group has argued that local authorities need more powers and resources, clarity over their role, and increased investment in skills and jobs if they are to help deliver on the UK’s climate goals. While hundreds of local authorities across the country have declared climate emergencies or committed to some form of net zero target, this ambition and willingness is not matched with capacity, the report warns, noting that local councils right across the UK are “under-resourced and over-worked”.
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