Tuesday, 06 December 2016 14:18

Asbestos claims hit £10m from English schools

Councils in England have paid out at least £10m in compensation to people who developed illnesses because of asbestos in school buildings.

Figures obtained by BBC News show that in the past decade 32 councils have settled claims from former teachers, school staff or pupils. The National Union of Teachers says up to 300 adults die each year because of exposure to asbestos while at school.

But campaigners warn that the presence of asbestos in schools continues to put pupils lives at risk.

"My mum Sue was a teacher for 30 years and her life was cut short because of this horrible material," Lucie Stephens said.

"As she was dying she was really angry and concerned about the 900 children that she'd taught during her career. If my mum has been exposed to this deadly substance, how many of those children will have been exposed?" 

Environmental Essentials shared this story from Lucie Stephens in July this year

http://www.environmentalessentials.co.uk/news/item/109-asbestos-in-schools-petition-launched-by-the-family-of-a-mesothelioma-victim-who-was-a-teacher

"This is a ticking time bomb because very few teachers and parents know that there is asbestos in schools. The very least we should do is make sure that this information is available to them," said Rachel Reeves MP, chair of the Asbestos in Schools group.

Speaking to the BBC last month Education Secretary Justine Greening said a recent government review had provided schools with the latest advice in how to keep pupils and staff safe.

At least 12,600 schools in England have some asbestos in them here at  Environmental Essentials we can provide a complete service to help support any school with their asbestos concerns. Contact us for advice and more information on 

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To read more about this story follow this link-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38167560

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