Council staff working on climate action

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Climate Emergency UK

Dear North West Leicestershire District Council,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request.

I would like information about your council’s staff positions in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards. This information is most likely to be held by a HR department or similar.

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following questions:

1a. How many staff does the Council directly employ (excluding contractors or subcontractors, and excluding teachers), that work directly for the Council as opposed to a school, leisure centres or other venture?

1b. How many directly employed staff spend 3 or more days per week (0.6 Full Time Equivalent (FTE)) on implementing the Climate Action Plan or other climate change projects? Please provide a list of all the roles. Please exclude waste management staff unless they are specifically working 3 or more days per week on implementing the Climate Action Plan or other climate change projects.
If you have answered yes to have a biodiversity planning officer and/or a retrofit staff member below, both these staff members can be included in this question even if they are contracted. This is likely to include all staff in your climate/sustainability team, such as Climate Change Officers or similar. This may include full time staff who spend 60% of their time on climate change projects and 40% of their time on other work.
You might include other staff in other departments, such as a procurement officer if they are spending 3 or more days per week (0.6 FTE) on writing and implementing a sustainable procurement policy or a planner that is working primarily on low carbon policies for new buildings.

2. Does the council have one or more staff member who works on home energy efficiency retrofitting, such as retrofit officers or project managers across the council area, for 3 or more days per week (0.6+ FTE)? This can include both directly employed and contracted staff, provided they work 3 or more days per week (0.6 FTE). The work of this officer may include working on any retrofit projects, including council buildings, council homes or private rented or owned households.
Please list any roles that work in this area, including the full time equivalent (FTE) if they work part time.
Please include staff members that are shared with other councils, such as between county and district councils, and note if they are shared across other areas.

3. How many planning ecologists (ecologists within the planning department) or equivalent working for 3 or more days per week (0.6+ FTE) does the council employ to scrutinise planning reports for Biodiversity Net Gain? This can include both directly employed and contracted staff, provided they work 3 or more days per week (0.6 FTE).

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

North West Leicestershire District Council

Dear Hannah Jewell (Climate Emergency UK),
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST IG000802
I write further to your email dated 16/01/2023.

Your request has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA), explained on our [1]freedom of information
page.

Your request:

I would like information about your council’s staff positions in relation
to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards. This
information is most likely to be held by a HR department or similar.

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following
questions:

1a. How many staff does the Council directly employ (excluding contractors
or subcontractors, and excluding teachers), that work directly for the
Council as opposed to a school, leisure centres or other venture?

1b. How many directly employed staff spend 3 or more days per week (0.6
Full Time Equivalent (FTE)) on implementing the Climate Action Plan or
other climate change projects? Please provide a list of all the roles.
Please exclude waste management staff unless they are specifically working
3 or more days per week on implementing the Climate Action Plan or other
climate change projects.

If you have answered yes to have a biodiversity planning officer and/or a
retrofit staff member below, both these staff members can be included in
this question even if they are contracted. This is likely to include all
staff in your climate/sustainability team, such as Climate Change Officers
or similar. This may include full time staff who spend 60% of their time
on climate change projects and 40% of their time on other work.

You might include other staff in other departments, such as a procurement
officer if they are spending 3 or more days per week (0.6 FTE) on writing
and implementing a sustainable procurement policy or a planner that is
working primarily on low carbon policies for new buildings.

2. Does the council have one or more staff member who works on home energy
efficiency retrofitting, such as retrofit officers or project managers
across the council area, for 3 or more days per week (0.6+ FTE)? This can
include both directly employed and contracted staff, provided they work 3
or more days per week (0.6 FTE). The work of this officer may include
working on any retrofit projects, including council buildings, council
homes or private rented or owned households.

Please list any roles that work in this area, including the full time
equivalent (FTE) if they work part time.

Please include staff members that are shared with other councils, such as
between county and district councils, and note if they are shared across
other areas.

3. How many planning ecologists (ecologists within the planning
department) or equivalent working for 3 or more days per week (0.6+ FTE)
does the council employ to scrutinise planning reports for Biodiversity
Net Gain? This can include both directly employed and contracted staff,
provided they work 3 or more days per week (0.6 FTE).

Our response:

1a. NWLDC directly employs 547 staff that work directly for the council,
the equivalent to 473.1 FTE.

1b. Whilst there are 3 staff directly working on our Climate Action Plan,
many more officers across the organisation are engaged and driving Climate
Action Plan activity but on a less than 3 days a week basis. The 3 staff
are: Climate Change Programme Manager, Housing Asset Management Team
officer, Planning ecologist (contracted via Leicestershire County
Council).

2. Yes.

NWLDC Social Housing team has the equivalent of 2 Asset Management Team
officers which collectively work >3 days per week on retrofit activity
during project activity delivery (eg LAD1B delivery across 86 properties).
If our live SHDF funding bid is successful, 5 officers will be focused on
delivering the planned programme of works.

Our ongoing retrofit activity is driven by our Home Improvements team, led
by our capital works manager who is supported by 3 team leaders, 3
chargehands and 25 operatives, and focuses on executing our home
improvement programme which includes home energy efficiency retrofitting
measures such as loft insulation, upgrading windows and doors, boiler
upgrades and heating control systems. Please refer to Housing Asset
Management Plan 2022 to 2024.pdf (nwleics.gov.uk) for further details on
our commitment to improve our housing stock (P14/15 refers to Net Zero and
decarbonisation and specific actions in P18/19).

In addition, our Property Services team, which looks after our corporate
and commercial properties, has retrofit activity embedded across a number
of officer job descriptions in the team which collectively equates to 1
officer for >3 days.

Finally, we are also undertaking a Sustainable Warmth LAD3/HUG1 scheme to
drive energy efficiency improvements for private housing across the
district under our Green Living Leicestershire partnership together with
County and 6 other Leicestershire districts. Officers provide
county/district council partnership support (for NWLDC this the Climate
Change Programme Manager) and the project has a shared, funded team of 2
full time officers in addition to our delivery partners for our customer
journey via YES Energy and retrofit activity project manager at EON.

3. NWLDC contracts out all ecology work to Leicestershire County Council
Ecology Service which provides advice on a full-time basis throughout the
year - this is the equivalent of 3 or more days per week.

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Yours sincerely 

Information Governance Team

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