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  • Surface Water Flood Risk Management in London

    This briefing provides a summary of the issues surrounding surface water flooding and the work of the Surface Water Flooding Task and Finish Group that was established following the flooding events in July 2021.

  • London Councils’ Annual Climate Change Polling Results 2021

    London Councils first polled Londoners on the topic of Climate Change in 2020. The results of the second poll are now available. They show more Londoners say that they are very concerned about climate change, more say that they have been more concerned about climate change in the past 12 months, and more say that their lives have been greatly affected by climate change.

  • Net Zero Strategy

    This briefing provides an overview and commentary on the main points in the government’s recently published Net Zero Strategy.


    The government has published the Net Zero Strategy, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet the government’s net zero target of 2050. The strategy builds on the government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution that was announced last year. It aims to keep the UK on track for the carbon budgets and net zero by 2050.

  • Local Government and Net Zero

    This briefing outlines the key findings and policy implications of the National Audit Office’s recent value for money report on achieving net zero.

  • Poll: Attitudes to Climate Change

    This briefing alerts members to some of the key findings from a recent poll commissioned by London Councils to gauge Londoners’ understanding of climate change and the effect it has on their lives.

  • Addressing the Climate Emergency

    This briefing gives an overview of the increasing urgency around climate action and the plans to meet carbon emissions targets in London.

  • The Environment Bill

    The government published its Environment Bill on 15 October. The Bill aims to protect and enhance the country’s natural environment, cut air pollution and increase waste and resource efficiency. 

  • State of the City Report: London’s Highways 2019

    The third annual State of the City report on the state of London’s highway assets - including roads, footways, cycle routes, street lighting, bridges, tunnels, drainage and trees - has been published today. The report provides key information on asset numbers, condition and funding. This briefing alerts members to its key findings, including the growing £1 billion maintenance backlog (up from £907 million in 2017/8).

  • Introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone t

    The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) begins operation today (8 April 2019) and aims to improve London’s air quality by charging people who drive old polluting vehicles into central London a daily charge of £12.50. The ULEZ is designed to help London reach compliance with legal air quality limits by speeding up the rate with which people upgrade their vehicles.

  • Healthy Streets for London

    The Mayor of London’s Healthy Streets for London plan can play a significant role in the health of Londoners. This member briefing looks at some of the detail 


  • Resources and Waste Strategy: Implications for Local Authorities

    This briefing alerts members to the main issues for London local authorities arising from the government’s recently published Resources and Waste Strategy.

  • Managing Flood Risks in London: Are Your Residents Prepared?

    London is not immune to floods. Thousands of homes and commercial properties are at risk of flooding from the Thames and the capital’s numerous other rivers

  • Overview of the Department for Transport’s ‘Road to Zero’ Strategy

    This briefing provides an overview of the government’s strategy to reduce emissions from road transport.

  • London Environment Strategy 2018

    This member briefing sets out the changes secured on behalf of boroughs to the London Environment Strategy published in June 2018.

  • Transport and Environment Policy Overview

    This briefing summarises the areas of policy focus for the London Councils Transport and Environment Committee (LC TEC)

  • Why Do People Fly-Tip?

    The London Environment Directors’ Network (LEDNet) and Keep Britain Tidy have published a report, ‘Understanding and Tackling Fly-tipping in London’

  • Air Quality Issues in London

    London Councils has conducted public polling since 2016 to understand the views of Londoners and gauge their awareness of the issues posed by air quality. Read the results

  • Valuing London’s Parks and Green Spaces

    For every £1 spent by boroughs on their green spaces, £27 of benefits are realised

  • Defra’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment

    The Prime Minister announced the government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’ during a visit to the London Wetlands Centre

  • The Thames Estuary 2100 Plan: How It Could Affect Your Borough

    Plans to ensure London continues to be protected from flooding from the River Thames have been developed to the year 2100. There are two short and medium-term actions your borough can take to make sure all the benefits of living and working by the river can be seized today as well as in the future.

  • The Mayor’s T-Charge Explained

    The Mayor’s T-Charge (also known as toxicity charge) is a supplementary financial charge of £10 to the Congestion Charge on the most polluting diesel and petrol cars, and will operate at the same time and in the same area. This is one of the Mayor’s flagship policies, and is a precursor to the “world’s first” Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to be introduced in 2019.

  • Results of London Councils’ second public polling on air quality issues in London

    This is the second year that London Councils has asked over 1,000 London residents about their views on air quality in their city. Over three quarters of respondents (79 per cent) said they agreed tackling air quality should be a priority in London, up from 76 per cent last year. The public polling sought to further gauge the public’s understanding of air quality issues, and the impact it has on their lives. This briefing provides an overview of the findings.

  • Draft London Environment Strategy

    The Mayor of London has published his draft London Environment Strategy for consultation. Boroughs will have a huge role to play in this ambitious strategy, without any additional resources. 

  • Air Quality and Public Health

    Recent estimates suggest that air pollution contributes to some 9,400 deaths a year in London, which is why many see it as a public health crisis. A recent briefing by the Association for the Directors of Public Health (ADPH) and the LGA in collaboration with Defra and Public Health England (PHE) for Directors of Public Health, provides a useful evidence base for all local authority decision makers. The briefing also gives examples of cost-effective actions local authorities can take to tackle the health impacts of air pollution. 

  • Flood Risk Management Support for Local Authorities

    The Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has funded additional officer posts to help local authorities develop new and existing capital projects to protect households at risk of flooding.

  • Public Polling on Air Quality in London

    Nearly half of Londoners feel their health has been impacted by poor air quality, according to research commissioned by London Councils.

  • New Penalties for Flytipping

    From 9 May 2016 waste collection authorities in England (including London boroughs) are able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to people who fly tip.

  • Living on the Edge

    London Councils, together with London TravelWatch and Trust for London recently commissioned research to explore the impact of travel costs on low paid workers living in outer London.

  • Investing in Green Infrastructure for a Future City

    This Member Briefing looks at the Green Infrastructure taskforce.

  • New Penalties for Builders’ Skips

    London Councils has set penalty levels that enable boroughs to issue Penalty Charge Notices to owners of skips which do not comply with the law.

  • The Impact of Recent Changes to Environmental Policies

    This member briefing details the environmental policy changes that have implications for London.

  • Managing Highways Obstructions on London's Streets

    Produced with London TravelWatch, this briefing details the issues and legal position of highways obstructions. 

  • Enforcement of Waste Receptacle Offences Deregulation Act 2015

    This briefing explains the changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the London Local Authorities Act 2007 as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015.

  • Flooding and Green Infrastructure: the Borough Role

    This member briefing outlines the role of the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, the role of green infrastructure in reducing flooding