A climate emergency has been declared and Climate Action is needed Now in Warwick District.

The elections last May created an evenly balanced District Council with 22 Councillors elected from the Conservative / Whitnash Residents Association Groups and 22 Councillors elected from the Liberal Democrat / Green / Labour Groups.  This might have been a recipe for stalemate, but councillors have found common ground and worked together for the benefit of all residents.

The Climate Emergency was unanimously declared last June and an Action Programme worked-up to take practical steps to not only make the Warwick District Council carbon neutral by 2025, but also to assist the whole District to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

Now that’s ambitious, but frankly an emergency demands nothing less and the Council’s proactive response requires targeted investment to be effective.

What is the referendum about?

The CAN (Climate Action Now) campaign is seeking to raise ring-fenced funding to invest in targeted projects to achieve these goals. 

The Council has unanimously agreed that the fairest way to raise the money needed for the Climate Action Plan is to ask each household for an average of an additional £1 a week (for a property on tax Band D level, or equivalent). 

The legislation requires that only after the Council has sent the tax bill can it then ask for residents to support this important investment at a Referendum to be held on 7th May. 

What changes will residents see?

The ring-fenced Climate Action Fund would only be spent on local projects that deal with the Climate Emergency, such as: 

  • Improving energy efficiency in houses – helping to lower energy bills.
  • Providing sustainable transport – reducing congestion and air pollution.
  • Boosting health and well-being by upgrading housing standards and encouraging a more active lifestyle.
  • Nurturing the natural environment via offsetting work, such as planting 168,000 trees and enhancing wildlife habitats.
  • Encouraging the local economy by helping companies to improve their energy efficiency, lowering costs and attracting new low carbon businesses. 
Why doesn’t the council have enough money to do this anyway?

Since 2010 inflation has increased by 25% while Warwick District Council has put up council tax by just 16.9%.

Over the same period the government’s revenue support grant has also been reduced from £10m to zero, while services have been maintained because of extensive efficiency measures. 

The limit that Warwick District can increase its council tax this year is £5 or 2%, which is less than annual inflation again.  So, to find the money needed to address the Climate Emergency new investment must be found.

Please support CAN to help make Warwick District carbon neutral.