NASUWT calls for immediate publication of the DfE review into asbestos in schools

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has today written to the Secretary of State Nicky Morgan calling for the DfE Review into asbestos in schools, conducted over a year ago, to be published immediately.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“For over nine months the Coalition Government has prevaricated about the release of the Review. We now understand that the Review may not be released until after the General Election.

“Parliamentary questions have failed to elicit any rationale for the continuing delay.

“This is a serious matter of the health, safety and welfare of the children and young people and the workforce in our schools. Asbestos is deadly and those who learn and work in our schools face risks on a daily basis.

“The Coalition Government has a track record of failing to take Health and Safety matters seriously and seeking to minimise its importance.

“It is difficult to reach any other conclusion than that the continuing delay in the publication is driven by political considerations taking priority over the health and welfare of children and young people and the education workforce.”

Ben Padley,
Press and Media Officer,
Campaigns and Communications,
Hillscourt Education Centre
B45 8RS

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