Asbestos in Rhondda schools

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Dear Rhondda Cynon Taff Council,

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

1. The names of the schools in your county 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 county 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 county.
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

Freedomofinformation, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

Dear Ms

We confirm safe receipt of your request.

It will now be processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (or Environmental Information Regulations 2004, if it relates to
environmental information).

You should ordinarily expect to receive a response to your request no
later than 20 working days following the date of submission to the
Council. We will contact you should this not be the case.

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Kind regards

Corporate Governance Team

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Your response to my request is overdue. Please explain why you have not yet provided me with the information and when you will be doing so.

Yours sincerely,

Lucie Stephens

Freedomofinformation, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

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Dear Ms Stephens

We refer to your Freedom of Information Request in respect of asbestos in
schools. The Authority's response is set out below:

1. The names of the schools in your county that contain asbestos.

Please refer to the attachment.

2. The date and outcome of the last independent audit or inspection of
each of these schools Asbestos Management Plans.

Unfortunately, we are unable to supply the information for this part of
your request. This is because the information is not recorded in a way
that allows an electronic extraction. Therefore the total costs of
providing the information to this part of your request will exceed the
“appropriate limit” as stated in the Freedom of Information and Data
protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Accordingly, in accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 ("the Act") this email acts as a Refusal Notice to this part of
your request.

However, we can confirm that all schools have received Asbestos surveys
and all schools have an Asbestos Management Plan which is continuously
reviewed and updated.

3. The details of any reported incidents of asbestos exposure in these
schools between 2011 and 2016.

There were no RIDDOR reported incidents between 2011 - 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 county in the last 5 years.

None.

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 county.

None in the period stated.

6. The number of these claims that have been settled.

N/A

7. The amount of money that has been paid in settlement of these claims
(with and without your authority accepting responsibility).

N/A

As you may be aware you have a right of appeal against this decision. If
you wish to exercise this right please set out in writing your grounds and
send your appeal to the Council's Principal Democratic Services Officer.
Her name is Mrs Christine Macey and she may be reached at
[1][email address] or on 01443 424076.

Yours sincerely

Claire
 
Claire Gummer
Corporate Governance Team
Legal & Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taff C.B.C.
The Pavilions
Cambrian Park
Clydach Vale
Tonypandy
CF40 2XX
 
Tel:  (01443) 424111
Fax: (01443) 424114
Email:  [2][email address]

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