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29th October 2018 – Amy Gibbs, Director of Advocacy at Unicef UK said:

“Today’s Budget was a wasted opportunity by the Government to address the key issues impacting children’s rights to survive and thrive in the UK. Unfortunately, while it showed willing to focus on children’s needs with some funding for mental health and social care support, there are still significant shortfalls.

While Unicef UK considers the additional £20 million for local authorities to tackle air pollution a step forward, it is insufficient to address the scale of the problem and damage being done to our children’s health. One in three children in the UK live in an area with dangerous levels of toxic air and they are being disproportionately affected when travelling to or at school.

We urgently need clear action from the Government, with more ambitious targets to reduce toxic air and a ring-fenced pot of funding to protect children from the impact of air pollution, when and where they are most exposed.”


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