Building Schools for the Future ruling offers little comfort

14 Feb

Asbestos - a potential risk of cutting the Building Schools for Future programme

“The recent High Court ruling concerning the government’s decision to end the Building Schools for the Future programme offers little if anything to those schools, teachers, parents and pupils looking for a glint of hope that the legacy of crumbling and decaying schools will be tackled imminently.  The ruling addresses the procedural errors made by the government and the resulting action it needs to take, not the substantive decision to axe the programme which is unaffected by the decision.

The British Safety Council has made clear its concerns about the danger that dilapidated schools pose for the health, safety and welfare of teachers and pupils.  This is compounded by the fact that we still lack a comprehensive picture of the extent to which asbestos is present in our schools and the risk that building deterioration could lead to exposure of asbestos and consequent disease. The hazards posed by deteriorating schools can only be properly understood if we have an accurate picture of the risk involved in doing little or nothing.”

Neal Stone, director of policy and research at the British Safety Council

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    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jane Howie, BritishSafetyCouncil. BritishSafetyCouncil said: No comfort from High Court ruling on Building Schools for Future cuts. http://bit.ly/gwiJ2t #asbestos #governmentcuts #HSE #bigsociety […]

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