First the good news: after years of throwing 20 to 30 thousand pounds at the useless Manchester Climate Change “Agency” (we will come back to that), the City Council has… stopped.
How much is the total bill for the Council’s support for this group? In the past, they have refused to say. Another Freedom of Information Act request has been submitted. Watch this space. Meanwhile, here are the answers to the last FoIA –
1. How much support is Manchester City Council giving the so-called Manchester Climate Change Agency in the financial year 2017-18
- In terms of cold hard cash
There has not been any funding in cash terms awarded to the Manchester Climate Change Agency.
- In terms of seconded staff
Two staff have been seconded to the Manchester Climate Change Agency from Manchester City Council.
- Other support
Mobile phone payments are covered by Manchester City Council.
2. When was that support agreed? By who?
Please provide copies of all documentation pertaining to this decision.
This was agreed for the financial year 2017-2018 by delegated decision agreed between the Deputy Chief Executive and the Executive Member for the Environment in discussion with the Head of Policy, Partnerships and Research. There is no formal documentation pertaining to this decision.
3. What success/impact metrics have been established to show value for money.
Manchester Climate Change Agency reports to its own independent Board of Directors. The latest documents relating to progress towards targets, the Annual Report, Accounts and Meeting Minutes can be found at: www.manchesterclimate.com/progress A report and presentation was also submitted to Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee in July 2017 and these are attached with this letter.
4. When will decisions for the year 2018-19 be made.
Discussions will take place at Senior Management level to decide on funding for Manchester Climate Change Agency before the next financial year.