Asbestos in Manchester schools

Lucie Stephens made this Freedom of Information request to Manchester City Council

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the following information:

1. The names of the schools in your borough that contain asbestos.
2. The date and outcome of the last independent audit or inspection of each of these schools Asbestos Management Plans.
3. The details of any reported incidents of asbestos exposure in these schools between 2011 and 2016.
4. Details of any improvement or prohibition notice served or guidance issued by the HSE in relation to the management of asbestos in schools in your borough in the last 5 years.
5. The number of school employees (existing and retired staff to include teaching staff, school support staff and caretakers, etc) and ex-pupils that have pursued a claim against you for exposure to asbestos within a school in your borough.
6. The number of these claims that have been settled.
7. The amount of money that has been paid in settlement of these claims (with and without your authority accepting responsibility).

I understand that under the Act I am entitled to a response within 20 working days of your receipt of this request. Some parts of the request may be easier to answer than others. Should this be the case, I request that you release information as soon as possible.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the Act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive
fees.

I would prefer to receive the information electronically.

If you require any clarification, please contact me in accordance with your duty under Section 16 to provide advice and assistance if you find any aspect of this FOI request problematic.

Please acknowledge receipt of this request by email. I look forward to receiving the information in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Lucie Stephens

Manchester City Council

Dear Ms Stephens

Re: Request for Information - Reference No: CHS/ADLBNN

Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City
Council on 6th September 2016.

Please note that it may take up to 20 working days (4th October 2016) for
the Council to consider your request and to provide a formal response.

If this timescale needs to be extended to consider an exemption you will be
notified and kept informed.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Cath Cryer
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA

Email: [Manchester City Council request email]
Website: www.manchester.gov.uk

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Manchester City Council

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Dear Lucie

Please find attached a response to your information request.

(See attached file: ADLBNN (Asbestos in Manchester schools)FINAL.doc)(See
attached file: ADLBNN Guidance - Asbestos Management in Schools.pdf)

Yours sincerely,

Amanda Corcoran
Head of Strategic Planning, Access & Inclusion
Children and Families Directorate

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Thank you for your response. Your answers did not acknowledge some of my questions. I have attached these below for your ease of reference. As these formed part of my original FOI request I expect that these will be answered within the original timeframe.

1. The names of the schools in your borough that contain asbestos.
2. The date and outcome of the last independent audit or inspection of each of these schools Asbestos Management Plans.

Yours faithfully,

Lucie Stephens

Manchester City Council

Dear Ms Stephens

Thank you for your email dated 4th October 2016 regarding the Council's
response to your request for information.

Your email will be treated as a request for internal review of that
original decision and will be dealt with in accordance with the Council’s
Access to Information Complaint Procedure. The procedure is available on
the Council’s web site at

http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/d...

Please note your request will be handled as speedily as possible and a
response should be issued no later than 1st November 2016.

Yours sincerely

Cath Cryer
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA

Email: [Manchester City Council request email]
Website: www.manchester.gov.uk

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Your response to my request for information is long overdue. This gives the appearance that you are not prioritising the care of asbestos in your schools. I hope this is not the case as this toxic material has already killed many school staff.
Please reposed urgently confirming when you will be providing me with the information that I have requested and explaining why you have delayed releasing this.

Yours faithfully,

Lucie Stephens

Manchester City Council

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Dear Ms Stephens,

Reference: CHS/ADLBNN-IR (Asbestos in Manchester schools)

My apologies that you are receiving this internal review after the 1
November deadline and that you have chased for this response.

(See attached file: CHS ADLBNN-IR (Asbestos in Manchester schools).pdf)

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

John Edwards
Director of Education and Skills
Manchester City Council

Tel: 0161 234 3859 / 3654
Email: [email address]
Secure Email: [email address]

Manchester City Council | P.O.Box 536 | Town Hall | Albert Square |
Manchester | M60 2AF

www.manchester.gov.uk

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Manchester City Council

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Dear Ms Stephens,

Reference: CHS/ADLBNN-IR (Asbestos in Manchester schools)

Thank you for your patience, please find attached the information you
requested.

(See attached file: CHS ADLBNN-IR List of Schools.xls)

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

John Edwards
Director of Education and Skills
Manchester City Council

Tel: 0161 234 3859 / 3654
Email: [email address]
Secure Email: [email address]

Manchester City Council | P.O.Box 536 | Town Hall | Albert Square |
Manchester | M60 2AF

www.manchester.gov.uk

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