MPs and local government clash over air quality powers

The Local Government Association has come under fire from MPs  for its limited help in cleaning up urban air pollution

Only London and Durham have congestion charges in place. Photograph: Chris Dorney / 123RFThe Local Government Association (LGA) has faced tough questioning in the Commons over councils’ powers to fight air pollution.

The joint parliamentary inquiry on air quality, being run by an unprecedented four committees, held its first evidence session on 23 November. It is the fifth on the subject since 2010, coming amid mounting evidence of pollution’s effect on health.

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