Community voices at the heart of climate change

18 May 2021

A newly appointed ‘Resident Planning Group’ made up of diverse members of the Brent community, held their first meeting to discuss how the Brent Carbon Offset Fund (BCOF) can be spent locally.

The £500,000 fund to reduce carbon emissions in Brent, was agreed by Brent Council’s Cabinet last month, as part of its pledge to tackle climate change.

The money will be allocated through a bold new Participatory Budgeting programme, which will put the community in the driving seat, as they take charge of the budget. The Resident Planning Group will set the criteria for how the fund should be spent.  

Hundreds of local people will make the final decisions on which projects are awarded money.

Residents and community groups will be invited to attend an open and transparent ‘Decision Day’ event this summer, to hear from projects applying for funding and then vote on their preferred projects.

Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Brent Council is committed to tackling the climate emergency, and doing everything we can to make Brent a carbon neutral borough by 2030. Participatory Budgeting is a brilliant initiative that supports residents to make local choices.

“The Resident Planning Group will work with Brent’s diverse community to reduce carbon emissions, giving residents ownership of this vitally important issue that affects them and their families.”