The week ahead – @ClimateEmergMcr bulletin 15th March #Manchester #climate

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Climate Emergency Manchester news

Last week we released an open letter, signed by a whole bunch of organisations, calling on Manchester City Council to institute the strongest possible climate scrutiny.  (See also CEM’s four page briefing about how the new Climate Emergency Scrutiny Committee could function as a vital node in Manchester’s climate response.)  And we have a new video about what has to be on the remit.

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Council news

Last week the six scrutiny committees met, Tuesday to Thursday, at 10am and 2pm slots.  Climate change was not there on any agendas. Of course.  Our fabulous Team Scrutiny blogged about these meetings. When the meetings start up again in late May, climate change WILL be on the agenda(s)…

This week there are meetings every day of the week, if you are so inclined (get a life). At Audit Committee (Tues 10th, 10am) there’s the intriguing sounding Accounting Concepts and Policies, Critical Accounting Judgements and Key Sources of Estimation Uncertainty  The uncertainties around carbon budgetting? Not on the agenda…

On Wednesday Executive will nod through the “Manchester City Council Climate Change Action Plan 2020-25″  which got some scrutiny at NESC in February (not enough, but there you have it)…  There’s also the  City Centre Transport Strategy to 2040  and Withington Village Framework Update  and The Council Future Shape/Transformation programme  and even something on the fossil fueled  Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network

On Thursday Standards committee has such intriguing items as Social Media Guidance for Members. The complete lack of any carbon literacy training of members since early last year won’t probably get a look in here – Member Development and Training pdf icon PDF 268 KB
In the afternoon Planning and Highways meets.for an uncharacteristically short meeting, followed by Licensing on Friday.

Dates for your diary

      • Weds 24th-ish March – recommendations which are going to Constitution and Nominations will be released. We will see what is being recommended….
      • Wednesday 31 March, 10am – meeting of Full Council, where proposals for massively improved climate scrutiny may be a) presented and b) agreed.
      • Tuesday 6th April, 8.30pm-915pm, next monthly meeting of Climate Emergency Manchester – and launch of a new report.  Email us for log in details –

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