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Government publishes consultation on air quality measures

Fri 24 November 2017 | Back to news list

Defra and DfT have announced a consultation which seeks views on additional measures to support individuals and businesses affected by local NO2 plans which were announced last July. The consultation (which applies to England only) is open until 5 January 2018.
The consultation includes measures that could be supported through the new £220m Clean Air Fund which was announced in the recent Budget (LowCVP story link). The Clean Air Fund will provide an opportunity for local authorities to implement additional measures tailored to their area which minimise the potential impact of local air quality plans.
In July 2017, the Government published the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations (subsequently referred to as ‘the NO2  Plan’). The NO2 Plan set out actions to bring nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ) air pollution within statutory limits in the shortest possible time.
The Government announced in the NO2  Plan that it would consult further in autumn 2017 on options to support individuals and businesses affected by local NO2 plans: in particular, private car drivers on lower incomes or other vehicle owners with limited travel alternatives.
This consultation invites stakeholders to submit evidence on some of the potential measures that could be supported through the Clean Air Fund to directly support individuals. These measures do not have the primary objective of tackling poor air quality - those policies are set out in the NO2  Plan. Instead the key objective for these measures would be to support people and businesses impacted by local air quality measures. 

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