This week Labour councillors in Hammersmith and Fulham claimed to be concerned about climate change.
Also this week I obtained figures on the Council’s printing bill. Last year it was £1.455 million – which is up £236,000 on the previous year. In this financial year it is projected to be higher still at £1.477 million. Of course there is an environmental cost as well. No doubt in 2017/18 the Council will spend even more of our money on boastful propaganda in the run up to the local elections next year. There will be yet more glossy brochures supporting Labour’s flawed and unwanted proposals for stock transfer of the council housing. There will be more paper churned out from new units, commissions, task forces, panels, working parties, czars and champions.
Perhaps some of the vast CO2 emissions wasted on all this will include documents assuring us about just how serious the Council is about tackling climate change.
I can’t comment on the Council’s overall printing bill but I can say that the H&F Air Quality Commission (which I chaired) generated only a handful of paper reports.