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Manchester Council to prioritise climate change in committee structure

Manchester City Council Council's focus on action to help tackle climate change is being boosted with proposed changes to one of its scrutiny committees.

If proposals are approved, the existing Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee will become the Environment and Climate Change Scrutiny Committee, with changes to its remit to allow it to focus purely on environmental issues.

The shift comes after the council accepted calls in a petition last month for extra scrutiny and recognised that the previous range of demands on the Neighbourhoods and Environment Committee did not give sufficient time to climate change issues.

Instead of creating a new seventh scrutiny committee, the proposed change, which will be considered by the Constitutional and Nomination Committee, adjusts the responsibilities of the existing six committees without the need for an extra committee and associated extra costs.

Manchester City Council is keen to ensure that the other five scrutiny committees also continue to scrutinise climate change actions where they fall under their remits and that Manchester’s climate change ambitions are seen as a responsibility for everyone.

Commenting, Chair of Manchester City Council’s Constitutional and Nomination Committee, Councillor Pat Karney said: “This change will be another demonstration of our commitment to Manchester becoming zero carbon by 2038, 12 years ahead of national targets, and the council playing its full part in achieving that goal.

“Scrutiny committees play an important role in examining decisions, providing challenge and holding the council to account and this new committee will further enhance this role.”

If approved, the changes will come into immediate effect, with the new Environment and Scrutiny Committee holding its first scheduled meeting on Thursday 27 May.

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