Greens win scrutiny of Lambeth Council's response to climate emergency

17 July 2019

Green Party councillors have won further scrutiny of Lambeth Council’s response to the climate crisis, which they say requires bolder action, stronger leadership and much greater involvement of Lambeth’s citizens. [1]
 
The five-strong Green Party group of councillors have successfully ‘called in’ a decision by the cabinet member responsible for the environment and air quality, Claire Holland, to go ahead with a carbon reduction plan for Lambeth Council - but without any input from the public or any meaningful way for those plans to be scrutinised or held to account. [2]
 
Now Lambeth Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review Cllr Holland’s decision in a public forum, giving greater opportunity for contributions and critique by other parties and the public.

Green Group leader Cllr Jonathan Bartley (St Leonard’s ward) said:
 
“This scrutiny is an opportunity to make better decisions and involve more people in decision-making.  Poor decisions are made when people are shut out from the process and it’s clear from the concerns from groups like Extinction Rebellion that the council's plans for a citizen assembly and carbon reduction need to be much better - and involve many more people.”
 
Green Party councillors have been concerned that under the plans announced by Cllr Holland on 5th July the only means for holding Lambeth to account on its climate action was an annual report by officers to the council’s Labour Cabinet. A proposed Citizen’s Assembly was also under-resourced, insufficiently thought out and the commitment from the council to follow its recommendations was far too weak.
A Green Party motion to be debated by Lambeth Council tonight (17th July) proposes instead the setting up of a fully accountable, cross-party party group to continually monitor the council’s progress in cutting carbon emissions. [3]
 
It is six months since Lambeth Council passed a Green party motion declaring a Climate Emergency.[4]
 

Notes
1.   Formal 'call-in' document outlining reasons for challenge by Green Party councillors of decision by Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15Q973mUMoLXBqsdmzF5Zs171zJgYWV1Z/view?usp=sharing

2. Announcement of decision by Deputy Leader Lambeth Council: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?id=4382&LLL=0

  3.   A Green Party motion on next steps on the Climate Emergency will be debated by Lambeth Council at 7pm on 17th July, see agenda p65: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/documents/g11402/Public%20reports%20pack%20Wednesday%2017-Jul-2019%2019.00%20Council.pdf?T=10
 
4.A Green Party Motion declaring a climate emergency was passed by
Lambeth Council in January 2019: https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/01/23/greens-declare-a-climate-emergency-and-bring-borough%E2%80%99s-co2-emissions-target-forward-to-2030/






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