CIEH reacts to Queen Speech 2017

Publication Date: 21st June 2017

Subject: CIEH

Following the Queen’s Speech, Debbie Wood, CIEH’s Executive Director Membership and Professional Development, said: 

“As expected, Brexit dominated the Queen’s Speech. It is important that the Government gets the best deal possible in the negotiations phase but the real hard work starts when legislation is repatriated into UK law. It’s here that we are urging the Government to ensure environmental health-related regulations are adopted and where possible strengthened, not watered down. 

“But we need to remember that Brexit is just one part of the legislative programme and the Government needs to ensure they are striving forward to improve and protect people’s health and wellbeing. Encouragingly, there were a couple of environmental health-related announcements and the Draft Tenants’ Bill is a positive step, helping to improve standards and conditions in the private rented sector, while protecting tenants. 

“The Government also outlined plans to increase the number of charge points for electric vehicles. Enabling people to move to electric vehicles through better infrastructure is a positive development in the fight to tackle air pollution. However, we are standing on the cliff edge of a public health emergency and the Government needs to implement systematic and wholesale changes if we are ever going to improve air quality in the UK. A new Clean Air Act would be step in the right direction, which would see the Government create a comprehensive framework for delivering the desperately needed improvements in air quality.” 

ENDS    

Notes to editors  

For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org 

Link to Queen’s speech: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2017  

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):    

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 7,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.  

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.   

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