Environmental information for the Council Climate Action Scorecards

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Climate Emergency UK

Dear Suffolk County Council,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request.
I would like information about your council’s staff and lobbying in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards. This information may be held by your HR department or similar.

1. 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.

2. Has the council written to or met with UK national or devolved governments to ask or lobby for climate action since 1st January 2019? Please provide some evidence of the most recent letter or meeting such as a copy of the letter or email sent, or the date, topic of meeting and position of the person that the meeting was held with.

This includes either asking for more powers and funding for local authorities to take climate action, or asking for the government to take further action themselves. This includes working with other local authorities to send joint letters or meetings to lobby UK or devolved governments, and includes both general climate action and calls for action on specific issues such as transport where climate change is mentioned as a motivating factor for taking action. This includes if a cabinet member or other councillor has written to or met with the UK or devolved governments on behalf of the council.

3a. Have all senior management received carbon literacy training since 1st January 2019? Please state the type of training.

3b. Have all current councillors in the cabinet or committee chairs received carbon literacy training since being elected? Please state the type of training.

This training could be from the Carbon Literacy Organisation or another organisation, university or in-house. We want to know the number of people who have attended the training. We don’t need to know the number of staff that have received a certificate of completion or attendance.

For context, I would like to note that we intended to send this request in January as part of a batch request to all county councils, but that a bug meant that Suffolk wasn't included in the requests. Your climate officers may have already collated some of this information during the Right of Reply process but we are submitting these questions as FOI requests in the interests of fairness, to ensure that you are awarded all the points you deserve. We are also using information that we received from Suffolk from a trial request sent last summer to reduce the number of FOI requests we are submitting.

Yours faithfully,

Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

Freedom of Information, Suffolk County Council

INFORMATION REQUEST – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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Kind regards

Tanya

Information Governance
Governance, Legal and Assurance
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 2BX

Email: [email address]
Phone: 01473 265138

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Kind regards

Tanya

Information Governance
Governance, Legal and Assurance
Suffolk County Council
8 Russell Road
Ipswich
IP1 2DH

Email: [email address]
Phone: 01473 265138

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