Centre for Public Scrutiny – 10 questions to scrutinise climate action

This publication covers 10 questions, and several supplementary follow ups, to ask if you are scrutinising climate action in your council.

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It lays out key issues on which local scrutineers (councillors sitting on scrutiny committees and the officers who support them) can pose questions to those with decision-making responsibility.

The publication is now available to download.


The 10 questions

How well does the council understand the need to take action locally?  

How does the council’s leadership champion and direct action on climate change?  

How is the council adopting a clear and detailed strategic plan, and how is it mainstreaming climate change mitigation and adaptation?  

Has the council reviewed its investment strategy, supply chains and procurement models to give due consideration to climate change impacts?  

How is the council integrating sustainability and resilience into its transport and energy plans?

How is the council planning to understand and act on the need to adapt existing properties and estates to address the impacts of climate change – and to plan for new housing stock which is resilient to these impacts?

How is the council promoting climate education, diversifying the labour market and focusing on sectors that are sustainable?  

What measures are being taken to ensure that health and social care systems will be resilient with the extra pressures they will come under due to climate change?  

How does the council identify those who are most at risk from the impacts of climate change, and what is being done to assist the most vulnerable?  

How is the council supporting and working with all relevant private and civic actors in the area towards climate change mitigation and adaptation?


Webinar: Scrutinising climate action

Drawing on the LGA’s publication ‘10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising climate change’, the event outlined a practical approach for scrutineers to understand and seek oversight on climate action in their localities. It was designed to explore questioning, identify key stakeholders, plan effective scrutiny work and consider the impacts that scrutiny can expect to deliver on this issue. 

You can view the event presentations:

We have also produced a blog which provides a summary of the key themes that emerged during the morning and afternoon session on 18 September 2020, as well as some practical advice identified by participants.