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Working group arrangements approved to help tackle Climate Change

Arrangements for a cross party working group on the climate change emergency have been approved by Council Executive today (Tuesday 22 October).

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Last month, the council joined a number of local authorities across the country in declaring a climate emergency. The working group will formulate a way forward which involves the wider public (Citizens' Panel), business and other public bodies and which will report back to the council.

Two Labour councillors, two SNP councillors and two Conservative party councillors will form the Working Group.

Last month councillors passed a motion which asked the Chief Executive of West Lothian Council to the First Minister to seek sufficient resources and new powers for local authorities to enable local government to play a full role, and to meet its obligations in tackling the climate emergency.

Leader of West Lothian Council, Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: "The council recognises that we are in the midst of a global climate crisis and is committed to continuously increasing our efforts to address this locally.

"West Lothian Council signed the Climate Change Declaration in 2007 and significant work has taken place to date to make West Lothian a more environmentally friendly and sustainable place to live and work. West Lothian Council acknowledges the role that local government has in tackling the global climate emergency and will work with partners and seek further support from the Scottish Government to ensure we can fully meet our obligations and more."



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