Schools: Concrete

Department for Education written question – answered at on 27 February 2024.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her planned timetable is for reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete remedial works to be completed (a) overall and (b) by school.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Education)

The government is funding the removal of RAAC present in school and colleges either through grants, or through the School Rebuilding Programme. A list of education settings with confirmed RAAC and the funding route to remove RAAC was published on 8 February and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reinforced-autoclaved-aerated-concrete-raac-management-information.

The longer-term requirements of each school or college will vary depending on the extent of the issue, as well as the nature and design of the buildings. Permanently removing RAAC may involve the refurbishment of existing buildings, such as replacing the roof or rebuilding affected buildings.

Schools joining the School Rebuilding Programme are prioritised for delivery according to the condition need of their buildings, readiness to proceed and efficiency of delivery. For schools and colleges receiving grants, the department will work with the responsible bodies to support them through the grants process as they undertake the buildings works to remove RAAC permanently. The department is working with responsible bodies to take forward this work as quickly as possible.

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