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We're concerned about the government's failure to produce an air quality plan

The government’s failure to produce a new air quality plan aimed at reducing the nation’s toxic air is a huge disappointment.

It’s been two years since the first court case. It would be fair to say that the equivalent of 80,000 early deaths could have been reduced in this time.

The constant delay seems to ignore the fact that filthy air affects all our lung health. Children, people with a lung condition and the elderly are hit hardest.

All party leaders must include ambitious promises in their manifestos to clean up the air we breathe. Top of the new government’s in-tray must be tough action on emissions from diesel vehicles, along with a realistic scrappage scheme that enables people to trade in their old cars for cleaner alternatives.

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24 April 2017