There is currently no clear map of how local and national government can work together to encourage sustainable living. This report identifies the obstacles and barriers to delivering sustainable development at the local level. Drawing on a range of information, Seeing the bigger picture reviews what sustainable development actually means in government, and why providing coherence and consistency is vital.
It identifies how government policies and performance requirements – at both the central and local level – might be better shaped for the future. The authors suggest that a new public service ethos that embraces lasting changes is needed in order to inspire greater government commitment at all levels. They conclude with a review of the implications for policy.