By Mat Hope • Friday, May 19, 2017 – 11:42
Air pollution in the UK has been described as a “public health crisis”. But many local authorities are failing to fulfil their legal requirements on air quality reporting due to a lack of resources, documents obtained by DeSmog UK show.
The information raises questions about the effectiveness of the government’s decision to continue to put responsibility for addressing air pollution on local authorities.
Documents and correspondence with officials in local authorities across the Midlands show reporting failures in many areas with illegal levels of air pollution. Almost all of the local authorities fall within areas that voted heavily for Brexit, putting air quality regulations further at risk.
Documents seen by DeSmog UK reveal:
- Government cuts meaning local authorities’ are unable to provide legally required air quality reports, including in proposed Clean Air Zones such as Birmingham and Derby
- The department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) failing to effectively oversee air quality reporting
- Doubts over the effectiveness of air quality strategies due to dodgy diesel emissions data
Local Authorities ‘Best Placed’ to Address Pollution