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A message from Oxford City Council Cabinet Member Tom Hayes

Local power drives change – why councils hold the keys to the electric car revolution

Illegal and toxic air pollution is hurting people’s health, damaging their quality of life, and cutting lives short, and as a result it’s rocketing up the political agenda. As a medieval city with 21st century transport problems, Oxford has a problem with traffic-related air pollution that’s leading my council to take radical steps. Our determination to protect the health of our neighbourhoods can never succeed unless we truly clean up transport. Together with other councils, Oxford is campaigning for new money and powers from Government but also refusing to wait indefinitely for national change. Oxford’s ambition is simple—to introduce the world’s first Zero Emission Zone into our city centre.

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Cross-party local leaders highlight £1.5bn black hole in funding to fight air pollution in their towns and cities

16 Mayors, Metro Mayors and City Leaders call on Philip Hammond to make a cash injection into the Clean Air Fund as part of next week’s Budget

  • Leaders say £220m Clean Air Fund is ‘inadequate’ to fight ‘public health crisis’
  • A new £1.75bn Clean Air Fund would represent 0.2% of government spending
  • Joint letter also calls for a national targeted vehicle renewal scheme that prioritises the least well-off and small businesses to rid roads of the most polluting vehicles

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