Working with the London boroughs

The London Local Air Quality Management Framework

The Mayor’s London Local Air Quality Management (LLAQM) framework is the statutory process used by local authorities to review and improve air quality within their areas. This new framework was designed to specifically meet London’s needs. The key parts include:

  • templates and tools, such as air quality data, maps and graphs, to help with action planning and monitoring. The "Action Matrix", for example, can help boroughs assess and prioritise actions to improve air quality
  • a Cleaner Air Borough accreditation for boroughs that effectively monitor and reduce air pollution
  • information sharing through a regional annual report that highlights air quality projects led by London boroughs 
  • the integration of planning into LLAQM – allowing oversight of how and where boroughs are meeting the air quality requirements found in the 'London Plan' and stressing the importance of this area of work

Air quality borough officers can access additional resources and helpful tools via Defra to assist them with LLAQM management.

LLAQM templates and tools are available at the bottom of this page.

Annual Status Reports

As part of LLAQM, all London boroughs must submit Annual Status Reports (ASRs).

London boroughs submitted ASRs in 2018 covering monitoring data for 2017 and we have compiled a Borough Air Quality 2018 report summarising these to give a picture of air quality monitoring and activity across London.

Cleaner Air Boroughs

A key part of our new LLAQM system is recognising local authorities that are working hard to improve air quality within their borough. Boroughs who have submitted their annual reports on time and have evidenced that they are working towards the Cleaner Air Borough (CAB) criteria are recognised with CAB status. They are provided with a logo to use on their air quality materials for a year. CAB status is reassessed annually.

The CAB criteria is grouped under 6 themes:

  • political leadership
  • taking action
  • leading by example
  • informing the public
  • using the Planning system
  • integrating air quality into the public health system

The CAB accreditation does not relate to pollution levels in the borough, as levels of pollution are largely a result of the location and make-up of the borough (central London boroughs are more polluted than outer London boroughs, due to the volume of traffic and buildings). The accreditation relates solely to the performance of the borough in terms of working to address local pollution.