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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01263: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to address the impact of poor air quality on health inequalities in Central Scotland.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 July 2016

The Scottish Government supports a number of measures, both local and national, to successfully tackle air pollution and its impacts on health. These measures, which are applied across the country, include the establishment of a statutory framework and clear strategic aims for both air quality and transport; supporting the development of renewable energy; providing grant funding for local authority actions; and providing advice and information through the Scottish Air Quality Website and Scotland’s Environment Web.

These initiatives will continue to be taken forward in the context of Cleaner Air for Scotland - The Road to a Healthier Future - Scotland's first distinct air quality strategy which was published in 2015. The strategy sets out six key policy objectives, including one for health which is for 'A Scotland which protects its citizens from the harmful effects of air pollution, reducing health inequalities'.