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Green Party will place Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street to put climate at the heart of government

The Green Party will appoint a Carbon Chancellor to 11 Downing Street to ensure the climate emergency is placed at the heart of government, under plans to be unveiled today.

The Greens will announce their ground-breaking plans outside the Treasury, where they will set out the urgent need for a radical change in how central government works to prioritise environmental and social well-being over the single-minded focus on Gross Domestic Product.

The Carbon Chancellor will head up a new Department for the Green New Deal, will allocate the £100 billion a year Green New Deal Fund and issue an annual carbon budget to direct the decarbonisation of the economy.

The Treasury will become a new Department for Economic Transformation working alongside the new Department for the Green New Deal.

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, will launch the policy today outside the Treasury.

He said: “Every sector of the economy needs to decarbonise if we are to become carbon neutral by 2030. Only the Green Party has the bold vision and practical solutions to make our economic system work for the people and the planet.

"A Carbon Chancellor in 11 Downing Street will mean the Prime Minister can’t even walk out of the front door without thinking about the climate emergency.

“We need to fundamentally change the way Government works if we are going to have any hope of tackling the Climate Emergency. Making the Treasury a Department for Economic Transformation and creating a new Department for the Green New Deal will put responsibility for the climate emergency at the heart of government.”

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