Responding to the new report from the Committee of Public Accounts, which APSE gave evidence to, Mo Baines, APSE Chief Executive said: “We welcome the report findings which, like APSE, call for an end to short-termism in Government planning to support net zero”.
APSE concurs that this sense of short-termism is also present in the Government’s approach towards local authority budgets, some of which have seen their funding fall by near to 50% in real terms since 2010.
APSE believes Councils should be at the heart of the UK’s net zero strategy due to their intricate knowledge of local areas and unique local circumstances. Councils are best placed to develop local economies and deploy resources to achieve climate targets.
APSE reiterates its call for the Government to deliver a sustainable, longer term funding solution for councils across the UK and to reverse the years of cuts to local services. Without this, councils will lack the financial capacity required to deliver the local policies necessary to achieve net zero.