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Andrew calls on County Council to reconsider budget cuts to environmental groups

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Oxford's campaign against carbon emissions will be weakened by a County Council proposal to axe all funding for county environmental groups.

Community Action Groups (CAG) Oxfordshire are the largest network of waste and carbon reduction groups in the UK. Their local and national award-winning expertise and experience have helped to make the low-carbon economy a greater part of our overall economy.

Andrew said, "I have written to the County Council underlining the importance of the contribution of the community-based low-carbon effort. I am very disappointed that the Conservative-led County Council are pulling the rug out from under the feet of over fifty community environmental groups. I have seen first-hand the tremendous work done by some of these groups, most recently the bike recycling workshop Broken Spoke Bike Co-Op. Cutting back on the biggest network of its kind in the country signals a total abdication of political leadership in the fight against climate change."

A recent report on the future of Oxfordshire's Low Carbon Economy, undertaken jointly by the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute and the Low Carbon Hub, forecast that 85,000 extra jobs could be great in environmental enterprises before 2030. The elimination of county support would hit the ambition to sustain a low-carbon economic change and the Council's own target of reducing carbon emissions by 50 per cent. by 2030.

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