Pall over future air quality as clean air grants are scrapped

The 37-year old system of clean air grants is to be scrapped in England and Wales in 1995, the Department of the Environment (DoE) has announced in a circular.1 The decision will deprive local authorities of financial assistance needed to improve air quality to within guidelines recommended by the EC and the Government itself.

The DoE's move was not unexpected, coming six months after the Government announced that clean air grants would be abolished in Scotland on 1 April 1993 (ENDS Report 214, p 32 ).

Local authorities in England and Wales will have a little longer to obtain grants to support smoke control programmes. The standard

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