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Concrete crisis: Officials thought asbestos in schools was safe too – the same mistakes have been made over Raac4 min read
Raac and asbestos in schools show that ‘official’ declarations of safety are not acceptable to families.
In England, a significant number of schools are currently dealing with structural issues caused by the use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). The government has already updated the list of affected schools as investigations continue.
A troubling series of events surrounding contaminated chicken, the lapse in food safety regulation, the Government’s lack of timely action and poor communication, and the continuing public health threat that is far from over.
Modern building materials are often designed with a limited design life. Exceeding that limit – and not properly maintaining the structures – is risky.
UK schools are contending with a financial crisis, yet the governmental revenue funds are inadequate despite the urgent need for capital for essential repairs in schools. The lack of data on the condition of school buildings adds complexity to planning procedures.
NHS England has issued directives to hospitals, advising them to remain prepared for potential evacuations should their structures become compromised because of Raac.
The UK Government faces scrutiny for reducing funding for school repairs, sparking an outcry from former officials and public figures. As students return to classrooms, or makeshift settings due to unsafe buildings, Downing Street and Rishi Sunak have questions to answer.