How much could you claim?

Find out in 30 seconds...
Injured in the last 3 years?
Was the accident your fault?
Did you recieve medical attention?
Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions

    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    School’s asbestos removal could cost £100 billion

    By Jonathan Brown on March 24, 2017

    School’s asbestos removal could cost £100 billion

    The cost of removing asbestos from all of England’s schools could cost as much as £100 billion, an official has said.

    Schools ‘must be rebuilt’

    According to Mike Green, director of capital at the Education Funding Agency (EFA), the only way to eradicate the hazardous material is to completely rebuild affected schools.

    Addressing the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Mr Green said: “The only way to truly address asbestos is to rebuild the building.

    “The cost of rebuilding the estate, roughly £100 billion – 85-ish percent of schools in the survey had asbestos in them.

    “The clear advice of the Health and Safety Executive is [to] leave asbestos where it is and manage it, because it is difficult to take out safely.”

    Asbestos is a toxic, fibrous material that when broken down can be inhaled, and is known to cause severe lung and respiratory conditions, including mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the tissue lining the lung.

    A school survey

    The PAC – a cross-party group of MPs – conducted a hearing on the state of school buildings. It asked the Department for Education (DfE) what information the division has on the occurrence of asbestos in schools.

    DfE’s most senior civil servant, Jonathan Slater, says a survey of schools had been conducted in 2015, with only a quarter (25%) giving feedback.

    According to the analysis of the schools that did respond, 83% said asbestos exists in its school buildings.

    Mr Slater says the DfE intends to determine the condition of other schools by conducting a second survey.

    Relocated

    The committee heard from heads of a Sunderland school that was relocated last year after being earmarked to be rebuilt in 2012.

    Hetton School in Hetton-le-Hole was forced to relocate due to serious disrepair issues, including gas leaks and loose asbestos tiles.

    Craig Knowles, Hetton’s acting head, said students’ learning had been disrupted in the dilapidated accommodation and former head, Phil Keay, said the building had to be closed off two or three times because of the disrepair issues.

    Mr Keay says pupils had to be sent to a “defumigation van, an emergency van, to make sure that they were de-dusted, and hosed down and cleaned”.

    “It really was that serious,” he added. “Obviously parents were informed, emergency services and so on, but it was not a building that was fit to have children in for several years, prior to its closure and us moving to the new building.”

    However, Mr Green later said the circumstances surrounding Hetton School make it a “reasonably unique situation” and “the majority of asbestos is within the structure of the building and best left alone”.

    But he did concede that in a dangerous situation then asbestos should be dealt with.

    Source: Times Educational Supplement

    Share On

       

    Date Published: March 24, 2017

    Author: Jonathan Brown

    Category: News

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.