Climate forgotten by Manchester council- Hung, Drawn and Quarterly #6

Today we release the latest “Hung Drawn and Quarterly”  report (pdf and word). We have been producing these assessments – based on Freedom of Information Act requests – every three months since the 96 councillors of Manchester City Council unanimously voted to declare a “climate emergency” a hundred years ago, back in July 2019.

The report, like others before it, reveals that no progress has been made in a number of key areas: 

  •       Uncertainty around green jobs with no meeting of the ‘Skills for a Zero Carbon Economy’ group since March 2020 and no work undertaken with training providers.
  •       Major delays to carbon reduction policies, with the Staff Travel Policy pushed back at least 12 months.
  •       Few meaningful speeches on climate change by senior officers and elected leaders and no attempt to talk to wider audiences and engage new groups.
  •       Carbon literacy training abandoned with no plans for resuming for the majority of councillors and council staff who have not yet received training.

Lead author of the report, Chloe Jeffries said

“In July 2019 all councillors voted to declare a climate emergency. Over the last 18 months our reports have shown that the Council has been failing to keep any of its promises, or even to scrutinise and report on them.  Citizens of Manchester, present and future, deserve better. A seventh scrutiny committee, dedicated to climate policy, is clearly urgently needed.”

The report recommends concrete steps, such as

There are a number of steps that need to be taken immediately. These are:

  • MCC needs to establish an additional scrutiny committee dedicated to climate and the environment;
  • Senior officers and elected leaders need to talk about climate emergency at every opportunity;
  • Collaboration with Manchester citizens must take place through ward engagement events and revised ward plans published, with climate change front and centre.

Climate Emergency Manchester will be continue to campaign for a real response to the climate crisis.  It is hosting an online meeting on Monday 11th January, at 8pm, details on website. It is also urging members of the City Council’s Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee to allow all councillors to vote on the creation of an additional scrutiny committee, devoted to climate policy implementation.

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