The pandemic has led to an increase in food bank usage, particularly amongst families with children. This briefing examines the number of emergency food parcels distributed by food banks over time and across the nations and regions of the UK
The following resources provide useful background:
Data on air quality in London:
- The main Air Quality in England site gives live data and allows you to look at reports by borough and monthly summaries.
- Mayor of London/ London Assembly London Air Quality Map
- Mayor of London/London Assembly Report: Air Quality in London 2016 – 2020
- Environmental Defense Fund, “New data: Air Pollution sources at London Schools”, updated 26 February 2021
- London Councils report: Demystifying Air Pollution in London, published December 2017
Policy and general information:
- Mayor of London/ London Assembly homepage on Pollution and Air Quality
- Mayor of London/ London Assembly, London Environment Strategy, May 2018
- Transport for London homepage on Air Quality
- HM Government, Clean Air Strategy 2019
- Public Health England, Health matters: air pollution, 14 November 2018
Commons Library briefings:
- Commons Library Insight: Coronavirus – Air quality beyond 2020, 20 July 2020
- Commons Library briefing paper, Local Government air quality responsibilities, February 2020
Some recent relevant news items:
Earth Day: Pandemic lockdown brings down air pollution by up to 70% in some London areas – Evening Standard, 22 April 2021
New research to study impact of air pollution on children’s brain development and mental health – Queen Mary University of London press release, 22 April 2021.
The team will examine the impact of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone on children’s brain development.
Lower UK air pollution limits to prevent deaths, says coroner – Guardian, 21 April 2021
London mayoral election: Sadiq Khan vows to defy ‘vocal minority’ fighting plans to cut traffic in capital – Independent, 21 April 2021
Tackling London’s air pollution will increase life expectancy of children – Imperial College London press release, 25 January 2021, introducing report: London Health Burden of Current Air Pollution and Future Health Benefits of Mayoral Air Quality Policies
‘Dramatic’ plunge in London air pollution since 2016, report finds – Guardian, 3 October 2020
A short overview of the changes that took place for the fisheries industry on 1 January 2021 after the Brexit transition ended.
A debate on hedgehogs will be held on 5 July 2021 after e-petition 550379 received over 100,000 signatures. The petition calls for the Government to move hedgehogs to schedule 5 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to allow them greater protection. However, the Government has said that moving hedgehogs to Schedule 5 of the Act would not address the main threat to the species which is habitat loss.