Local authorities share the Government’s commitment to improving air quality and support the phasing out the most polluting products used for domestic burning given their contribution to emissions.
- We welcome the approach proposed in the consultation, which is based on the principle of industry led certification and audit and recognises the importance of businesses taking responsibility for the products that they sell.
- Whilst the proposals go some way to outlining a clear and straightforward enforcement policy, there is need for greater clarity around the proposed scope of local authorities’ role in enforcement.
- In discussions with officials, the LGA has previously raised concerns about councils’ ability to undertake upfront work on this issue given the severe financial pressures regulatory services are under. Government cannot keep giving councils new regulatory responsibilities and expect them to be able to deliver on them unless local capacity is increased.
- In order for councils to be able to enforce new regulations, it is vital that the Government provides sufficient resources and funding. This includes up-front funding to support proactive compliance work on this issue, and a national, Government-led information campaign to make the public aware of the new rules.
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LGA response to consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood