17 January 2020

Commenting on COSLA’s embargoed ‘Role of Councils in meeting Climate Change Targets will be Undermined without Fair Funding’ release Scottish Labour Spokesperson for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Claudia Beamish, said:

“We must be clear: the climate emergency is the greatest threat facing humanity and it is down to legislators to take drastic action.

“ Local authorities have it within their powers to do much to tackle the climate emergency, from promoting sustainable energy, providing efficient public transport and active travel opportunities and insulating homes, but, as COSLA has made clear, without a fair deal from the Scottish Government local authorities will be unable to take the lead on these issues.

“Scottish Labour call on the Government to heed COSLA’s warning and stop the cuts to council budgets. The Government must ensure Scotland’s local authorities receive the funds they need to develop and implement vital green policies to raise living standards and tackle the climate emergency.”
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