Unlocking local action on clean air – powers of local authorities

Air Quality monitoring station Oxford Road Manchester

Louise teamed up with IPPR’s Dr Maya Singer Hobbs and Stephen Frost to map out the duties and powers local authorities have on air quality. Rather like our work on powers to tackle climate change and nature recovery, this showed that there are strong duties and powers for action on air quality – but that it’s not complete and local authorities need more resource and funding to act (no surprises there). But unlike action on climate change they do have very strong statutory duties and there is a framework for action between the national and local levels.

We produced a series of briefings for national government, campaigners and local authorities along with a longer report and technical annex of the duties and powers. This is a useful report to help people link up air quality actions with those on climate change and health including social justice. Check it out here