Budget 2020: LGA responds to electric vehicle charging and air quality funding announcements

“This will help tackle climate change and the air quality challenges in our towns and cities."


Electric car being charged

Responding to £500 million announced over the next five years to support the rollout of a fast charging network for electric vehicles, and an additional £304 million to enable councils to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions, Cllr David Renard, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, said:

“Councils back the rolling out of a fast charging network for electric vehicles, which will help the country make the transition to a zero carbon transport network by providing the public and business with reassurance of the availability of charge points. We want to work with government to make sure the rollout complements local action and investment.

“This will help tackle climate change and the air quality challenges in our towns and cities.

“We are also pleased the Chancellor has acted on our calls for more funding to tackle air pollution. By fully funding councils’ clean air plans, the Government can ensure that councils can bring nitrogen dioxide emissions below legal limits in the quickest possible time.”