Asbestos costs schools £200,000

By Mark Andrews | Telford | Education | Published:

Nearly £200,000 needs to be spent on dealing with asbestos in schools run by Telford & Wrekin Council over the next two years.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the authority has set aside £191,000 to deal with problems caused by the material in its maintained schools.

The figures do not include academies, which represent the majority of schools in the borough.

They also reveal that a further £665,344 has been spent on dealing with asbestos at council run schools over the past 10 years.

The council has committed to spending £30,000 on removing the material during the present financial year, with a further £161,000 earmarked for managing asbestos-related issues.

The councils spent £370,105 on surveys during the period from 2007-2012, followed by £177,333 on removing asbestos from borough schools over the three years that followed.

Last year the council spent £49,430 on managing issues related to asbestos.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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