Asthma in London (2)

MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Asthma is more prevalent in areas of deprivation and people living with asthma in more deprived areas have a greater chance of ending up in hospital because of their asthma. How are your health inequalities policies helping Londoners with asthma?


Answer for Asthma in London (2)
Asthma in London (2)

Asthma in London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor


Asthma is often linked to air pollution, so my environment and health inequalities strategies set out what I am doing to clean up London’s toxic air. I have already introduced the Toxicity charge in central London, delivered seven Low Emission Bus Zones and stopped licensing new diesel taxis. But we need to go further which is why I am introducing the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London in April 2019 and then will expand it up to the North/South circular in October 2021. I will also apply the ULEZ standards to buses, coaches and lorries across the whole of London. I want the quickest progress to be made in the most polluted places and in areas of deprivation, benefitting people most vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, including children. I also provide information on periods of moderate, high and very high pollution to schools and vulnerable Londoners through airTEXT and my air quality alerts system.

I am also making it easier, including through the healthy streets approach and my sports strategy, for everyone to take more exercise, and I support collaborative work to prevent smoking. 

Finally, I also support the extensive work being undertaken on children and young people’s asthma by the Healthy London Partnership.