Ep. 29 Putting homelessness first, Graham Carr-Jones, Dorset Council

On this week’s episode of Public Sector Voices we are joined by Graham Carr-Jones, Councillor on Dorset Council and the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Safety.

Graham fundamentally believes that everyone deserves a roof over their head, and has used the time during the pandemic to push it to the forefront of Dorset Council’s plans.

Through not saying no quick enough, Graham has carved out an extensive career at North Dorset Council, being the leader of that council before moving to Dorset Council when it became a unitary last year.

“Social problem start with housing”, and it’s through housing that many social issues can be dealt with. Graham tells PSE how Dorset Council became a registered social landlord which aims to accelerate plans to ease the homelessness problem across Dorset.

Silver linings aren’t something that comet to mind when one thinks of Covid-19, but Graham shares a couple of lovely stories that have stemmed from people taking a bad hand that they were dealt in order to do something positive.

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Ep 48. Achieving Net Zero - Cllr Abdul Jabbar - Oldham Council

As central government aims for the UK to be net zero by 2050, councils around the country make plans for how to reduce emissions. This episode’s guest, Oldham’s Councillor Abdul Jabbar outlines the importance of coming together to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint, the benefits of achieving net zero, and how Oldham Council are working to do just that.
 

Touching on the role that the public sector can play in sustainability, Cllr Jabbar said:
 

“I think it’s really important that the public sector gives true leadership in this space. I think something like one third of the carbon emissions in the country come from the public sector, so obviously we’re a big polluter in terms of the emissions.”
 

Councillor Jabbar also spoke about challenges being faced by organisations:
 

“I think the biggest one has been finance. Clearly the local government sector in particular has had its grants cut from central government by a huge amount and that’s had a very big impact in terms of our plans to take forward projects in relation to climate change, so that’s a major issue.”
 

To hear what Cllr Jabbar has to say about the mission to achieve net zero carbon emissions, listen to the latest episode of the Public Sector Executive Podcast.

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