Welsh Government to pay for all RAAC repairs in schools

Written by on 11th March 2024

The Education Minister, Jeremy Miles, has announced new capital funding of more than £12.5m to improve school and college buildings throughout Wales.

The funding package will include £2.56m to cover the costs of remedial works to all schools where reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) has been identified.

A further £10m will be available for large scale capital maintenance work focused on energy efficiency measures. This includes replacing roofs, windows, heating and ventilation works and electrical systems.

Five schools – Ysgol David Hughes and Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi on Ynys Môn; Ysgol Maes Owen in Conwy; Ysgol Trefnant in Denbighshire and Eveswell Primary in Newport – have been identified as being affected by RAAC, compared to more than 230 in England and 39 in Scotland. All Welsh schools are open to pupils.

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language Jeremy Miles, said:

“The fact that so few cases of RAAC were identified in our education estate is testament to the Welsh Government’s investment in schools over many years, both through our Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme and more broadly.

“I want to make sure every learner can fulfil their potential, and their education is delivered in environments that are fit for purpose. The capital funding package I am announcing today will enable local authorities and colleges to carry out maintenance work to ensure the Welsh education estate is safe and efficient.”

Local authorities with schools affected by RAAC have welcomed the £2.56m funding to cover the remedial costs.

Ynys Môn Leader, Councillor Llinos Medi said:

“I would like to thank the Welsh Government for this much-needed funding and its proactive support as we responded to the RAAC emergency.

“These last few months have been very tough for our affected schools – Ysgol Uwchardd Caergybi and Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge. Extensive remedial works have already been carried out to ensure both schools were able to welcome all pupils back to their buildings for face-to-face learning.

“I would like to thank the school staff, pupils and parents and guardians for their patience, co-operation, and support during what has been a very challenging period.

“More remedial works are needed and it is important these are carried out as quickly as possible to ensure all areas within the school buildings are safe to use. Welsh Government funding will allow us to complete these works and meet other associated RAAC costs, without having to use our own scarce reserve funding.”

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