Asbestos in schools – Councils have paid over £10 Million in compensation

According to an investigation into asbestos in schools by the BBC, 32 councils in England have settled claims from 220 retired teachers, school staff and ex-pupils in the last ten years. According to the BBC, it is likely the compensation claims exceeded £10m because ten councils did not disclose information about how many asbestos cases they had settled. Amazingly, it is also reported that there are inconsistencies in how councils monitor the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). Of the 135 Local Authorities that responded to a Freedom of information request, 13 revealed they had no data on which of the local schools contained asbestos. It is reported that Councils in England have paid out at least £10m in compensation to people who developed illnesses because of asbestos in school buildings.

Inconsistent information about asbestos in schools and academies

Amazingly, it is also reported that there are inconsistencies in how councils monitor the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). Of the 135 Local Authorities that responded to a Freedom of information request, 13 revealed they had no data on which of the local schools contained asbestos. According to figures released following the Freedom of Information request, asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are present in at least 12,600 council-run schools. This number does not include more than 5000 academy schools, meaning that the total number will almost certainly be higher.For further information, follow this

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