Air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs in ways which will affect them for the rest of their lives. Long-term exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths each year in the UK.
It is a problem demanding government action, yet in the past four years progress has stalled or been reversed despite warnings from the Chief Medical Officer.
At a local level, community groups, local authorities and universities have developed their own strategies to deal with the problem. But these local low emissions zone plans simply can’t be delivered until government provides a national framework.
That is why the next Labour government will deliver a national framework for low emissions zones in every town and city that needs one.
The Healthy Air Campaign includes organisations such as the British Heart Foundation and Asthma UK. It has described government policy as ‘designed to mask the true scale of England’s air quality crisis rather than make any attempt to solve it.’
Everyone should have the right to breathe clean air. It is the responsibility of government not just local authorities to tackle the causes of air pollution.
Local Authorities want to implement various forms of Low Emission Zones but are being discouraged because there is no support from national government.
Under a Labour government, there will be.