Councils are taking the lead on environmental issues such as waste policy, local environment quality, sustainable development, biodiversity, energy, climate change and flooding. In light of the Government's Energy White Paper, local government is faced with even more challenges and it is even more important that local authorities take the lead as they are best placed to bring stakeholders together.
The Local Government Association (LGA) and central bodies are working closely with a range of agencies to explore the challenges ahead and to ensure that local authorities receive the support they need. View this section for the latest publications in this area.
The Flood Risk Management Survey 2012 was conducted by the Local Government Association's Research and Information team for the Defra/LGA Panel in February-April 2012. The survey was sent to all local authorities in England. It was conducted in order to provide up-to-date informaton about local authority activity, expenditure and resource needs in relation to flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM), and updates the 2010 survey.
This report outlines the findings of an online survey which looked at the number and cost of public health funerals conducted by local authorities in the last three financial years.
This report looks at those communities, often in far flung corners of England, where there is a perceived lack of economic dynamism and where the impact of major cities is often remote.
The survey was conducted in order to find out more about councils' views on the barriers to enforcement, and how those barriers might be overcome, and, by so doing, help Local Government Regulation (LGR) improve its support to councils in tackling environmental crime.
The survey establishes a baseline of local authority expenditure on flood risk management, and an ongoing picture of costs over a three-year period as the new Flood and Water Management Act and Flood Risk Regulations are implemented.
Conducted on behalf of the Local Government Association this report summarises local authority activity relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation and the resources and support required to continue their work in this area.
This research report, based on a survey of local authorities in May 2010, looks in detail at public health funerals conducted by local authorities in the last year, to provide a picture of how many funerals councils are conducting and how costly these are.