LGA Climate Change Action Plan Roundtables - Frequently Asked Questions

The LGA is supporting councils in their creation and development of climate action plans by organising a set of roundtables to bring councils together to discuss and share learning through facilitated peer support. These roundtables are open to and will benefit all councils at any stage in their development or implementation of their climate action plans. The sessions will be guided by councils, with facilitation and guest speakers contributing. 


The following provides further detail on the roundtables to inform your decision as to whether they are right for you.

  • How long are the roundtables and what is required?  

Each Roundtable is 2.5 hours long with a 10-15min comfort break. Morning roundtables take place between 10am – 12.30pm and afternoon roundtables between 1pm – 3.30pm. Attendees will be provided a few questions to consider before attending the event to inform discussion. No other preparation is required.

  • What is the format of the roundtables? 

Each roundtable will feature speakers from expert organisations devoted to aspects of climate change and environmental sustainability and from a council implementing excellent practice. Speakers will share some top tips from across the sector on implementing climate change action plans. However, the focus of the roundtables will be on promoting valuable discussion between councils in attendance to share significant successes, challenges and ideas to drive innovation across the sector.

  • Are there any fees associated with the roundtables? 

No – the roundtables are fully subsidised.  

  • Are the roundtables available to all councils?  

Unfortunately, due to our funding arrangements with the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, we are not able to offer this event to Town or Parish councils. Additionally, we are unable to offer this event to any Welsh councils who are not covered by the funding.  We will however be sharing the learnings from the Roundtables with all councils and these will be freely available on the LGA website. 

  • Am I the right person to attend this event?  

The roundtables are open to all officers from eligible authorities (see above). They will be particularly relevant if your work involves direct responsibility for delivering aspects of a Climate Change Action Plan. This event is not suitable for elected politicians to attend.  

  • I applied but have not heard anything back?  

If you have submitted an application, an email will be sent around in due course confirming a slot at the event or if you are on the waiting list. If you have not heard anything within 10 working days, we suggest contacting the team on climate@local.gov.uk  

  • Are there a limited number of spaces? Why was my application unsuccessful? 

Each session can host a maximum of 12 attendees. Spaces are given out primarily on a first come, first serve basis. Please note however, that the LGA is committed to ensuring fair and proportionate representation across local authorities and regions. Therefore, only one member of staff can attend any set of sessions per council. We hope that the person who attends from your council can feedback the learnings to colleagues in the council and other council networks. 

Any person who expresses an interest in attending the sessions who is unsuccessful will be placed on our waiting list. They will be offered any slots that do become available and will also be directly emailed future opportunities when confirmed.  

  • How are the roundtables being delivered? 

The roundtables are delivered virtually on Microsoft Teams and a link will be provided to anyone successfully allocated a place before the event.  

  • Will there be future opportunities as I am unable to make the dates shared? 

The LGA recognises these sessions are incredibly popular and valued by the sector. Whilst no dates are yet confirmed beyond what has been shared, we will continue to offer opportunities where possible that are popular with councils. If you would like to hear about future learning opportunities and events please subscribe to our Climate Change Bulletin

  • How will my data be used?  

The LGA is committed to data protection and demonstrates compliance with the Data Protection Act (May 2018) and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. Any personal information you give with active consent will be used by the LGA for legitimate purposes only. The LGA will only lawfully process data with your consent and in accordance with the legitimate interests of the company. 

For any further questions about the roundtables please contact climate@local.gov.uk