Is there a future for the Sustainable Development Commission?

The leaked news that tomorrow is likely to see the announcement that the SDC is to be abolished in the current quango feeding frenzy is very bad news indeed. The recent report on sustainable neighbourhoods The Future is Local demonstrates the very best that the SDC can offer. It offers an integrating role for thinking on sustainable development across Govt departments and policy boundaries. Single issue policies are inherently unsustainable as by focussing on one issue we just make the mistake of ignoring all the others, and it is that type of lazy thinking that has got us in the position that we are in. I hope that this turns out to be wrong and the PM sees the sense in keeping the SDC, we have never needed it so badly.


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