By Sarah Allan
Director of Climate Programmes
Applications are open for local authorities in England to join our new Local Climate Engagement (LCE) programme. LCE will enable local authorities and partnerships to plan, commission and deliver high quality public engagement in their climate decision-making, in a way that benefits both them and their local population.
The programme is an exciting new opportunity for local authorities to work with us and our four partner organisations for the programme: UK100, Democratic Society, Shared Future and Climate Outreach. All are amongst the UK’s leading organisations in the fields of local government, public participation in climate decision-making, and climate communications and advocacy.
Through the programme we will work with two groups of local authorities:
Local authorities who join the Coaching Group will develop their capability and confidence in planning, commissioning and overseeing public engagement in climate decision-making. The programme content includes training for council officers, draw-down mentoring time, and peer learning sessions.
Local authorities who join the Project Group will work with us to deliver a high quality piece of local public engagement in climate decision-making, and start to embed the approaches and skills needed for future participation work. The programme content includes training for council officers, up to £45,000 of our time (pro-bono) to support each local authority to plan and deliver a piece of public engagement work, and peer learning sessions.
Enabling public participation in climate decision-making enables local authorities to build a deeper understanding of local preferences, aspirations and needs. This supports the development of policy that is more likely to achieve public buy-in. It also allows local authorities to reach beyind those they most often hear from. This builds trust and is a key step in achieving a fair transition to Net Zero.
If the answer to your question is not in these documents, or you would like an informal conversation about taking part, please contact [email protected].
Local authorities that would like to join LCE should send a completed Expression of Interest form to [email protected] with the subject line ‘LCE application’. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 24 January 2022.