The government must come clean on which schools in Brentwood & Ongar are affected by crumbling concrete. That's the message from Brentwood Liberal Democrats parliamentary candidate Councillor David Kendall.
The government has refused to reveal which schools are affected by failing RAAC concrete. The Liberal Democrats are calling for the government to release the list of schools involved.
104 schools have been told to close buildings because they are at risk of collapse due to the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). However, the Department for Education has not made available a list of schools affected.
The Schools Minister Nick Gibb has also conceded that the government still does not have a definitive list of all schools that might be affected as they "continue to do more surveying work".
Kendall, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Brentwood & Ongar, said: "The Government must come clean about what schools in Brentwood & Ongar are affected by crumbling concrete. The secrecy about these schools' locations creates worry and concern for all parents, guardians and teachers.
"Pupil safety must always be paramount, and parents in Brentwood & Ongar want to be reassured that they are not sending their child back to school in an unsafe building that may collapse.
"Ministers must release information about each and every school that has been affected so far and also set out a timetable to complete inspections on all other schools suspected to have RAAC.
Kendall said: "The truth is that we should never have gotten to this point. The government has known about this crumbling concrete for years but repeatedly has denied our children the money needed to stop schools from collapsing completely."