13 February 2020
Lambeth’s Green councillors have proposed ambitious plans to set London’s first Council Carbon Budget. The proposal forms part of the Green Opposition’s Alternative Budget which was debated at the Full Council meeting last night. 
The proposed Carbon Budget would set targets for reducing council carbon emissions each year. Greens say this is vital following the Green Party motion a year ago which committed the council to working towards a net zero carbon target by 2030.
The Green Alternative budget also contains plans for reversing Lambeth Labour’s charges to adult social care, and cuts to children’s centres and libraries. Greens say this could be funded by investing in making the council’s Contract Management team more efficient.
Last year the Green Group’s alternative budget suggested increasing council reserves by slightly less than was proposed in order to increase the spending for the borough’s children’s centres to keep them open - a principle that was subsequently implemented in part by the council.
The Green Group also identified mistakes in the November financial report passed by Lambeth council’s cabinet in the reporting of reserve levels.
Councillor Jonathan Bartley (St Leonard’s) said:
“Whether it be on tackling the climate emergency or fighting cuts, where Greens lead Lambeth Council follows. Our alternative budget is anti-austerity, green and progressive and will help Lambeth to take the necessary steps to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 as well as mitigate the worst effects of cuts, tackle our housing crisis, improve working conditions for staff and increase the council’s accountability to local residents.
“This year we are again putting Lambeth’s residents first by calling on the Council to reduce the waste - including the extra allowances claimed by councillors in order to invest in better contract management. Council officers suggest that this could generate millions over the next four years which could then be used to restore funding to much needed services including children’s centres, libraries and support older and disabled adults. Lambeth Council should be cutting carbon not services.”