On Friday, Shabana attended the first Clean Air Zone working group meeting since the General Election.
“The introduction of the CAZ has been delayed as the Government drags its feet on assisting Birmingham City Council to implement the new plans. I’m pleased to hear that after the planned start date of the CAZ was pushed back to July, Birmingham City Council are now on track to meet a summer implementation.
“My position on CAZ has always been clear: It’s right to address the damaging air pollution that leads to thousands of respiratory illnesses, but any action taken by the Council must not hurt the most vulnerable and the poorest communities of Ladywood.
“I’m continuing to fight for greater support for residents during the transition period, whether that’s temporary exemptions and mitigations or grants to change to compliant vehicles. In the run up to summer I’ll continue to keep in touch with residents regarding the big change, including continuing my CAZ advice bureaus at local schools.”