The Conservative Government has cut its air quality grant programme despite many cities in England breaching legal air pollution limits [Image: Alamy].

“Greenest government ever.”

That’s what David Cameron said his government would be.

A more appropriate line would have been:

“You’re doomed.”

The government has halved the amount of money it gives English local authorities to fight air pollution, despite a manifesto pledge to do more to tackle the UK’s dirty air.

Just £500,000 will be distributed to councils including Leeds, Manchester, and Southampton for 2015-2016 under the air quality grant programme, the environment department has confirmed. That is down from £1m the year before and £3m in 2011-2012.

The cut comes despite the government being forced to publish a national cleanup plan because many British cities breach European safety limits, and recent figures showing the percentage of people dying prematurely from pollution in England has increased.

Source: Tories halve councils’ cash to fight air pollution in England | Environment | The Guardian

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