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LGA unveils 'green jobs' strategy

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The Local Government Association has unveiled plans to create up to 150,000 new jobs through a 'Green New Deal' of investment in the low-carbon economy.

The report, Creating Green Jobs: Developing Local Low-carbon Economies, claims councils will be able to create jobs, save carbon, reduce fuel poverty and increase the nation’s energy security if granted a range of new powers.

These include:

  • a council-led, national home insulation programme

  • a national loans fund to allow residents to invest in solid wall insulation or renewable forms of energy

  • investment in flood defences

  • devolved employment and skills budgets to ensure training courses meet the needs of the low carbon economy

“Local government has many vitally important roles to play in helping businesses and residents through the economic downturn,” said Sir Jeremy Beecham (Lab), vice-chair of the Local Government Association.

“Equipping the country to come through the recovery in a better position to combat climate change is one of the most important challenges councils face.

“Taking action now to combat climate change makes economic and environmental sense. If we do not take action to cut carbon emissions now, then it will cost our future generations more in the long run.”

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