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Mayor’s air quality audits & £1m fund to protect pupils from pollution

24 May 2018

  • Sadiq delivers blueprints for 50 schools in most-polluted areas of London   
  • New £1 million fund to help worst affected schools bring in changes immediately
  • Funding will also provide 20 nurseries with air quality audits and indoor air filters as Mayor publishes report into school indoor air pollution

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Some of London’s most polluted primary schools, with a share of a new £1 million fund from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, are set to bring in a range of measures to help protect pupils from toxic air.

Under an initiative launched by the Mayor last year, detailed air quality audits have been carried out in 50 schools across 23 London boroughs. The audits assessed the air quality in some of the capital’s worst polluted schools and have made a series of recommendations to protect pupils.

The fund includes:

£500,000 to deliver non-transport interventions at all 50 audited schools,

  • £300,000 to deliver green infrastructure at any London school located in an area exceeding legal pollution limits (from the Greener City Fund);‎
  • £250,000 in funding to launch a new nursery audit programme that will trial filtration systems to reduce indoor air pollution at 20 of the most polluted nurseries in the most polluted areas

Westminster City Council Leader, Cllr Nickie Aiken, said: “We welcome The Mayor’s efforts to improve air quality across London – his support and funding will help us to reduce pollution around our schools.
“With over one million daily visitors Westminster suffers some of the worst pollution and air quality is the number one concern for our residents. To demonstrate our commitment to improving air quality we are pleased to announce that we will match fund the Mayor’s scheme for schools in our borough.
“Air quality is a national issue and there are no miracle cures but by working together we can make a big difference locally.”