Tory-run areas extra prone to get new colleges than Labour ones amid RAAC disaster

Ministers have been blasted after analysis revealed Tory-run areas usually tend to get new colleges than Labour ones.

Over 100 are being rebuilt as a result of they had been initially made utilizing a kind of light-weight concrete known as RAAC. The materials, known as strengthened autoclaved aerated concrete, has been declared unsafe as a result of it was solely meant to final round 30 years.

Our evaluation discovered almost three quarters -72% – of new-build colleges on account of open by 2030 are within the constituencies of Tory MPs – whereas websites in Labour seats are left to crumble. Last 12 months inspectors discovered the harmful concrete within the roof of Park View Secondary in Tottenham, North London.

Pupils had been compelled into makeshift school rooms initially of time period and needed to be taught from house sooner or later every week. But the location – in Labour MP David Lammy’s patch – is being repaired not changed.

Meanwhile the Coopers Company and Coborn School in West London, beneath Tory MP Julia Lopez, could have a shiny new constructing in lower than six years. Last evening Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister Catherine McKinnell demanded ministers “get a grip.”

The Newcastle North MP added: “It is extraordinary that for a problem which ministers knew about before the start of the autumn term, it’s the spring half term before they’ve got round to announcing solutions and even the beginnings of a plan — and that for only a fraction of the schools facing problems. [The government] needs to act urgently for the sake of all our children.”

RAAC is a kind of light-weight concrete fashionable within the UK from the mid-Nineteen Sixties to the Nineteen Nineties. There are over 22,000 colleges and schools in England with the stuff. But simply 119 can be rebuilt and 110 are set to obtain grants beneath the £1.8 billion million scheme finalised this week.

Other colleges handled to new services embody Elm Hall Primary in Witham, Essex – whose MP is ex-Home Secretary Priti Patel. And the Grove Primary Academy in close by Romford, in Tory Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s constituency.

Hitting out on the plans, Dr Patrick Roach of the academics union NASUWT mentioned: “Every pupil has a right to be taught in safety, not just those who are educated in Conservative constituencies. This is the toxic legacy of 14 years of mismanagement of our schools which has left pupils and staff in buildings that are literally, in some cases, falling apart in front of their eyes. We need complete transparency from the Government about the extent of the buildings crisis across the entire schools estate, including details of where all schools affected by RAAC and asbestos are across the country.”

A authorities spokesman mentioned: “We use a robust selection process without any bias, which has considered the extent of works required at the schools – as a result, typically smaller and less complex projects have been awarded grant funding. We are removing RAAC from schools for good. Every case was assessed by expert panels to determine the appropriate funding route based solely on the conditional need of the buildings.”