Lung Diseases: Air Pollution

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th June 2022.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to take steps in response to the worsening of symptoms for people with a lung condition triggered by high air pollution; and if he will meet representatives of Asthma + Lung UK to discuss (a) that matter and (b) other findings published in its report entitled Alerting the Nation: Improving the way information is used to protect the most vulnerable from air pollution.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has set two new targets for fine particulate matter and increased the funding available to local authorities through the Air Quality Grant Scheme to £11.6 million to support councils deliver projects to address air pollution and its impact on health.

The Government supports an expert group, including Asthma + Lung UK, to improve the information and advice on air pollution on the UK-AIR website. We are also working with organisations such as Health Education England and the Royal Colleges to ensure that healthcare professionals are equipped to treat those vulnerable to the health impacts of air pollution.

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