Clean Air Fund

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6230
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Is there any update on whether London can access the clean air fund?

Answer

Clean Air Fund

Clean Air Fund

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No. It is disgraceful that London cannot access the Clean Air Fund despite Londoners helping to pay for it. I am implementing the most ambitious plan of any city in the world to tackle toxic air pollution but the government is simply not doing its bit to help us.

Given the lack of support to date I have had to make extremely difficult budget decisions to find a further £48 million to enable me to provide scrappage schemes for microbusinesses, charities and those on low-incomes. I have asked Government to match this funding but have not yet had a response.

Last month I brought together city leaders at the second National Clean Air Summit to ask ministers to increase air quality spending and to deliver a national vehicle upgrade fund. Any new funding must be made available on an equal basis. An enhanced Clean Air Fund would help cities like London deliver additional innovative policies, support a switch to cleaner vehicles and modes of transport and achieve legal limits more quickly.