William Eichler 23 March 2018

Whitehall launched £260m package to improve air quality

Whitehall launched £260m package to improve air quality image

The Government today launched a £260m package to help local authorities tackle air pollution.

Whitehall has launched a £220m Clean Air Fund to tackle roadside emissions and ‘minimise’ the impact of local plans on individuals and businesses.

The Government recommends councils use the money to introduce measures such as new park and ride services, freight consolidation centres, concessionary travel schemes and improvements to bus fleets.

Ministers have faced repeated legal cases brought by campaigning lawyers ClientEarth over what were characterised as ‘inadequate’ plans to bring down the levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air.

The law firm argued the Government’s air quality plan, UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations, backtracked on commitments to order five cities to introduce Clean Air Zones (CAZs).

They also said, in a case heard last February, that the plan did not require any action in 45 English council areas with illegal pollution levels or in Wales to cut pollution as quickly as possible.

The remaining £40m of the funding announced today, drawn from the £255m Implementation Fund, has been awarded to support local authorities take action as soon as possible to improve air quality.

For example, £11.7m of this will go to the 28 councils with the biggest air quality challenges to help carry out the work needed to develop air quality plans.

Another £24.5m of this funding will go to these councils to support a range of measures to take action locally, such as installing electric charge point hubs in car parks.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: ‘We have been clear that local leaders are best placed to develop innovative plans that rapidly meet the needs of their communities.

‘Today’s funding demonstrates the government’s commitment to support the local momentum needed and continue to improve our air now and for future generations.

‘Improving air quality is about more than just tackling emissions from transport, so later this year we will publish a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy. This will set out how we will address all forms of air pollution, delivering cleaner air for the whole country.’

Participatory budgeting image

Participatory budgeting

Evgeny Barkov explains what participatory budgeting means and how it can reveal what citizens need.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of Looked After Children and Vulnerable Young People

Enfield London Borough Council
Up to £89,319
 This is an exciting opportunity to lead all the services that support Enfield’s children in care and care leavers. Enfield (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Enfield London Borough Council

Head of Communities

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
to £61,751 (pay award pending)
We are looking for an innovative and knowledgeable senior professional to join our leadership team with strong experience of working in communities... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Economic Development Officer (Town Centres)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band F, £29,636 - £32,878 per annum
The Economic Development Officer (Town Centres) post forms part of the Council’s Business Focus team who provide help directly to businesses. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Educational Psychologist

Camden London Borough Council
£44,131 - £53,34
The ideal candidates will have an excellent understanding of psychological frameworks and their application in... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Economic Development Officer

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band F, £29,636 - £32,878
Are you interested in a challenge and want to help shape the future of North West Leicestershire? Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue