Delivering the Government's carbon reduction plans and addressing fuel poverty can only be achieved with the full participation of local government.
Local authorities can play a significant role by setting themselves related ambitions. They are particularly well placed to champion the changes required, stimulate activity to meet specific local needs and support their wider strategic priorities. In particular local authorities:
- have unique knowledge of their local area’s needs and circumstances
- are able to link wider strategic priorities and funding streams e.g. through health, education and regeneration agendas
- are able to draw on established local networks, partnerships, services and delivery partners
- can draw on existing links with business and social enterprises and provide gateways through local advice agencies and services
- are directly accountable to their local residents