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Council hoping reductions will help mitigate cuts to climate change services

Lichfield District Council believes reductions in its size will help mitigate cuts to its climate change service.

The local authority has identified a £20,000 saving as part fo the Fit for the Future review, which aims to fill a £1.7million funding hole.

The climate change area is one of many council departments being considered for closure or downsizing.

But the review expects the impact of cuts to be reduced in this particular area.

“We lose the opportunity to reduce our own carbon emissions [by stopping the service],” the report said. “However, it is likely that we will reduce emissions due to the council becoming smaller.

“Some work on improving energy efficiency of housing which is led by the housing team, and work on encouraging the design of energy efficient new development which is led by the planning team, would continue to take place.”

The plans will be examined by the council’s overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday (June 20).

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6 Comments

  1. Cllr Steve Norman

    18th June, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Ross has quoted correctly but I am sure the report meant to say “We lose the opportunity to reduce our own carbon emissions.”

  2. Cynic

    18th June, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    “We loose the opportunity to reduce our own carbon emissions”

    If the whole of Staffordshire became “ZERO” it would have no effect at all on the world.

  3. Ross

    18th June, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Quite correct Steve – we’ve now updated to reflect the real meaning!

  4. Mr Lichfield

    18th June, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Is this £20k a year saving or a one off?

  5. Cllr Susan Woodward

    18th June, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    The comment in the report is plain daft. The logical conclusion is, “Let’s do absolutely nothing and we’ll get a zero carbon footprint.” This is taking “always look on the bright side” to ridiculous lengths!

  6. Ross

    19th June, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Mr Lichfield – the saving has been identified as £20k per year. It is likely to be related to a salary which would not be paid as it currently is.