Sun 26 Aug 2018
• Provide funds to support the establishment of clean air zones and provide investment in cleaner buses, taxis and other forms of transport.
The letter, also sent to the chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the environment secretary, Michael Gove, was written in the wake of the national clean air summit in June when many civic leaders met to debate the air pollution crisis. The event was jointly hosted by the mayor of London, the UK100 cities network and the Institute for Public Policy Research.
“Our most deprived communities, who already have to cope with multiple health problems, suffer most from the effects of polluted air,” said Rotheram. “In Liverpool we have areas where men have a life expectancy seven years lower than the national average. There is only so much that we can do as an individual area, which is why we need a national plan for clean air.”
This view was backed by Bristol’s mayor, Marvin Rees. “It is unacceptable that lives are at risk,” he said. “We need the government to show leadership with a way to support low-income, vulnerable families and small businesses who rely on diesel vehicles to be able to shift to cleaner cars.”