Tackling climate change

I am proud the Conservative Party, both locally and nationally, is committed to addressing climate change. It has a solid record of achievement already, including helping to secure the Paris Agreement, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cutting plastic bag usage and investing in renewable energy.

“I am proud the Conservative Party, both locally and nationally, is committed to addressing climate change

Additionally, the Government has set a legally binding target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making the UK the first major developed economy to legislate to end its contribution to global warming.

With the LGA’s General Assembly recently passing a motion in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it is clear that local government is on the frontline of fighting climate change across a range of issues, including transport, planning, waste and housing.

The LGA will continue to play a leading role in supporting councils to meet the expectations of their communities in relation to this key issue. Following the Government reshuffle, I would like to congratulate Robert Jenrick, our new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on his appointment, and to thank his predecessor, James Brokenshire, for all that he did for local government.

I also congratulate the other new members of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) ministerial team: Esther McVey, the new Minister for Housing; Luke Hall, the new Local Government Minister; and Viscount Younger, the new Minister in the House of Lords.

I look forward to meeting with them and Robert shortly. Finally, although we are sad to see them leave MHCLG, congratulations are due to Rishi Sunak on his appointment to the Cabinet as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and to Heather Wheeler on her appointment as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign Office. I thank them for their service at MHCLG and wish them all the best for the future.

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