Scotland leads the way in scrapping clean air grants

The system of clean air grants introduced in the wake of the notorious smogs of the early 1950s is to be abolished in Scotland, and its future in England is also under review. The moves reflect the virtual completion of smoke control programmes which are needed to comply with an EC Directive, but the National Society of Clean Air believes that grants should be retained as one means of securing further improvements in air quality.

The grant system was introduced by the Clean Air Act 1956. It has smoothed the way for local authorities to introduce smoke control orders under the Act.

In areas subject to smoke control orders, householders may burn only smokeless fuels or must switch to smokeless appliances. The 1956 Act requires local authorities to pay a grant of 70% to private sector householders and 100% to public sector tenants to cover the cost of conversion work

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