A lack of funding and delays in recruiting experts is putting the work of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) under threat, according to academics.

The London School of Economics (LSE) said that the CCC’s work could suffer due to a lack of support from the UK Government.

The CCC was set up by the 2008 Climate Change Act to offer independent advice to policymakers.

The LSE praised the committee for having “made a material difference to the way climate policy is conducted”, including parliamentary debates on energy, infrastructure, housing and water.

Budget cuts

The report said: “The basis of the CCC’s success is a careful combination of rigorous analysis and extensive stakeholder engagement, including with Parliament.

“However, recent budget cuts and delays in the ministerial approval of new members could put at risk the CCC’s ability to deliver its ambitious work programme over the coming years.”

The CCC’s budget was cut by 14.7% between 2014-15 and 2016-17, with members of staff delaying their retirement because the UK Government has held up the appointment of their replacements.

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