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Cumberland Council

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This council was created in April 1, 2023. It may not have any specific plans yet. Plans and declarations may have been made by former councils.

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Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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Climate pledges

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Climate documents

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These councils are the most similar to Cumberland Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Northumberland Council85%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Denbighshire County Council81%No2030July 2, 2019
East Ayrshire Council80%No2030No
South Ayrshire Council78%No2045No
Durham County Council77%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Westmorland and Furness Council77%NoNo
West Lancashire Borough Council76%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Wyre Council76%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary75%No2030May 16, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council75%No2030May 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Cumberland Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Ayrshire Council84%No2045No
East Riding of Yorkshire Council84%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Angus Council81%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council76%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council76%Yes2045Sept. 30, 2021
North Norfolk District Council76%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Northumberland Council76%Yes2030June 11, 2019
East Lindsey District Council76%Yes2040No
Melton Borough Council75%No2030July 17, 2019
Inverclyde Council74%NoNo targetNo
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Westmorland and Furness Council92%NoNo
Lancaster City Council86%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council84%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Wyre Council84%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council83%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Fylde Borough Council82%NoNo targetNo
Scottish Borders Council82%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Preston City Council81%No2030April 18, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council81%No2030No
South Ribble Borough Council80%Yes2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Cumberland Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Dover District Council96%No2030Nov. 4, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council96%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Denbighshire County Council93%No2030July 2, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council92%No2030July 24, 2019
Norfolk County Council92%No2030No
Bassetlaw District Council90%NoNo targetNo
North Devon Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Northumberland Council89%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council89%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council88%No2030May 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Cumberland Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Denbighshire County Council98%No2030July 2, 2019
Broadland District Council97%No2050No
East Lothian Council94%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council94%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Northumberland Council93%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Winchester City Council92%Yes2024June 5, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council92%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Chichester District Council91%Yes2025July 9, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council91%Yes2050May 14, 2019
South Oxfordshire District Council91%Yes2025April 11, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Cumberland Council is a Unitary Authority, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000, for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
    • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Cumberland Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about Cumberland Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    Cite this page

    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2023). CAPE: Cumberland Council. Available at: http://cape.mysociety.org/councils/cumberland-council/ [Accessed 9 Jun 2023].

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