Dodgy asbestos surveys costing schools ‘millions’
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The government is buying up sites for free schools using out-of-date asbestos surveys, potentially costing the public purse millions of pounds each for costly refurbishments when the carcinogenic substance is found later.
“Pressure” on the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to find free school sites has caused it to rely on surveys of “varying quality” which often fail to identify all the asbestos in a building, experts have told Schools Week.
This contradicts a statement made last year by the minister for vulnerable children, Edward Timpson, who said the EFA should carry out asbestos surveys before buying a site if “further investigation” were warranted.
Schools Week understands that at least six schools have been given the go-ahead without an asbestos survey carried out by the EFA. Several requested more money when it was subsequently found, Freedom of Information responses have shown...