This Valentines, UK100 is calling on politicians to put a stop to dirty air by signing up to new powers and funding for local leaders.
Our major 14th February Clean Air Summit will be attended by London Mayor Sadiq Khan as well as mayors and council leaders from across England. They are due to be joined by Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP, Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP, and the Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens.
We’re calling for new legislation and funding to provide powers to elected mayors and local councils to tackle air pollution in a new Clean Air Act, planned for later in the year. Recommendations could include the creation of local clean air zones where the most polluting vehicles will be fined for entering which are being planned in London and Manchester.
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Clean Air Ambitions
Diesel Scrappage Fund
Air Pollution Surrounding GP Surgeries
National Summit Clean Air Asks and Priorities
Outcomes and achievements from the National Clean Air Summit can be reviewed further through the slides below.
On National Clean Air Day 2018, UK100 gathered local leaders together with metro mayors to deliver a call to the Government to do more to help them tackle dirty air in towns and cities across the country. We also took the time to celebrate the innovative work the UK100 network is doing locally to reduce emissions, bring communities together and get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes or their feet.”
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