Ahead of the Scrutiny committee discussing changes to council governance on Thursday 17th October, Green Councillors are calling for the climate emergency to be placed at the heart of decision-making.

Councillor Douglas Johnson, who is a member of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, said,

“The climate crisis is something we all need to address as a matter of urgency and every aspect of council decision-making has an influence on it.

“We are proposing a new, cross-party Climate Emergency Committee to work together and lead on implementing the changes Sheffield needs to make to be resilient for the future.

“Although the council is already looking at its governance needs for the long-term, there is an ideal opportunity to set up a new committee in the short-term. This needs to be done at the earliest opportunity because of the climate emergency.

The council has powers to create any new sub-committee for any purpose. This committee would fit in with existing democratic structures.

Labour Cabinet member, Cllr Mark Jones, added,

“I’m hoping to put out a call to members to sign up to a forum where we can speak openly and discuss ideas to move forward on Sheffield’s response to the climate crisis.”


  1. The agenda for the Overview and Scrutiny Management committee on 17th October 2019 at 1.30pm is at: http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=139&MId=7452.
  2. The main item on the agenda is the review of decision-making in light of the It’s Our City petition requiring a referendum on a change to the Committee System of governance. The public can attend and ask questions.


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