Asthma UK hails Government’s £220 million Clean Air Fund for Budget 2017

The investment would reduce the risk of asthma patients suffering life-threatening asthma attacks, the charity said.

The Clean Air Fund would help to lower the amount of toxic air in urban areas of the UK, and could help to fight air pollution, Asthma UK said.

Poor air quality could make asthma symptoms worse in patients, and could leave them gasping for air, the charity added.

Its comments came after Hammond revealed the government would be introducing a new £220 million Clean Air Fund, to help introduce local air quality plans.

Asthma UK Chief Executive, Kay Boycott, said: “We welcome the Government’s announcement of a new £220m Clean Air Fund and an increase in Vehicle Excise Duty for the most polluting cars.

“There are 5.4million people in the UK with asthma, and two thirds of those with the condition tell us poor air quality makes their asthma worse. This puts them at a higher risk of having a life-threatening asthma attack.

Having an asthma attack can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, leaving them frightened and gasping for breath.

“The Clean Air Fund will go some way in helping to combat toxic air in our towns and cities and is a positive step in combating the pollution problem. We urge the government to continue to look at measures to tackle air pollution such as a targeted scrappage scheme."