Toxic Air

Thank you for contacting me about the actions the Government are taking to improve air quality.

Despite significant improvements in air quality over recent decades, air pollution continues to have an impact on people's health and evidence shows that poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.

In order to help tackle air pollution, the Government has set a target for ultra-low emission cars to form 50-70 per cent of all sales in the UK by 2030, rising to all new cars and vans being effectively zero emission by 2040. This forms part of the wider Road to Zero strategy, which sets out the Government's ambition of being a world leader in zero emission vehicle technology.

Earlier this year, a very welcome package of funding worth more than £260 million was launched by the Government to help improve air quality in some of the most polluted areas of the country. This package included £220 million for a new Clean Air Fund, allowing local authorities in England to help individuals and businesses adapt to new air quality improvement measures.

At the same time, more than £40 million was awarded to support local authorities who need to take action as soon as possible to improve air quality. This includes £24.5 million to support a range of measures such as: installing electric charge point hubs in car parks; bus priority measures; building cycle routes; and incentivising ultra-low emission taxis through licensing schemes and leasing electric vehicles.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.