Published: 23rd May 2018

Council leaders have called for more funding and ‘robust national action’ to help tackle air pollution. The Government launched its new clean air strategy earlier this week, which includes giving councils new powers to improve air quality. In addition, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has also announced Public Health England will develop a new tool, which will enable local authorities to estimate the economic impact of air pollution in their area. The tool takes account of the cumulative cost for diseases where there is a strong association with air pollution: coronary heart disease; stroke; lung cancer; and child asthma. The Local Government Association (LGA’s), environment spokesman, Cllr Martin Tett said the Government’s air quality plans will need to be underpinned by ‘local flexibility, sufficient funding and ‘robust national action’ if they are to be successful. ‘It is also important that councils have the powers to further tackle air pollution, particularly with regard … (To read the full article, subscribe below)