Cost of managing asbestos in schools

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Dear Wokingham Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the following information:
1. the amount of money spent on asbestos management in schools between 2006 and 2016 (to include the costs of surveys, staff training and work to enclose asbestos within schools)
2. the amount of money spent on asbestos removal from schools between 2006 and 2016
3. the amount of money spent on fines for breaches in the safe management of asbestos in schools between 2006 and 2016
4. funding sought from the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016
5. the amount of funding approved by the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016
6. the projected budget for future management of asbestos in schools between 2017 and 2027

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.

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Yours faithfully,

Lucie Stephens

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Dear Lucie Stephens

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 9252

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Dear Ms Lucie Stephens,

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 9252

Thank you for your recent communication, please find detailed below the information in response to your request.
Please provide me with the following information:

1. the amount of money spent on asbestos management in schools between 2006 and 2016 (to include the costs of surveys, staff training and work to enclose asbestos within schools)

2. the amount of money spent on asbestos removal from schools between 2006 and 2016

3. the amount of money spent on fines for breaches in the safe management of asbestos in schools between 2006 and 2016

4. funding sought from the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016

5. the amount of funding approved by the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016

6. the projected budget for future management of asbestos in schools between 2017 and 2027

- Data not held.

If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can request for it to be reviewed by contacting the Council’s Legal Services at Wokingham Borough Council via; Information Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN, or e-mailing [Wokingham Borough Council request email] detailing the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the response. Please address your correspondence to Shared Legal Solutions.

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Yours sincerely

Information Services
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Dear Wokingham Borough Council,

Please can you clarify who holds the information that I have requested. Every other Local Education Authority that I have approached does hold this information.

Yours faithfully,

Lucie Stephens

informationrequests, Wokingham Borough Council

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informationrequests, Wokingham Borough Council

Good afternoon Lucie,

Thank you for your email.

Apologies for the confusion with your FOI request. At the time of responding to your request your FOI had been answered by the incorrect department which is why they do not hold the information.

We have since investigated further and have been advised that we can currently offer the information/data as estimations. If you require accurate figures this will exceed our statutory 18hrs and will take 2 staff members an estimated 3 working weeks at £25 per hour to scrutinise the data and present it in a coherent form. Please advise if you like the estimated figures or pay for the accurate figures?

Regards

Neil Sinclair
Customer Relations Officer
Information Services
Wokingham Borough Council
Shute End, Wokingham
RG40 1BN
Tel: 01189746000
Email: [email address]
www.wokingham.gov.uk

Dear informationrequests,

I would be satisfied with estimated figures. Please indicate within your response the level of confidence you have in the figures that you provide.

Yours sincerely,

Lucie Stephens

informationrequests, Wokingham Borough Council

Thank you for your email.

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informationrequests, Wokingham Borough Council

Good morning Lucie,

Thank you for your email.

We have been advised that the data provided are indicative estimates, therefore close but not exact figures without the extra work at cost being conducted.

Regards

Neil Sinclair
Customer Relations Officer
Information Services
Wokingham Borough Council
Shute End, Wokingham
RG40 1BN
Tel: 01189746000
Email: [email address]
www.wokingham.gov.uk

Dear informationrequests,

OK, that would be fine. I look forward to receiving the figures.

Yours sincerely,

Lucie Stephens

informationrequests, Wokingham Borough Council

Thank you for your email.

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Wokingham Borough Council

Dear Ms Lucie Stephens,

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 9252

Thank you for your recent communication and confirming that estimate figures would be okay. Please find below our response to your request.

1. the amount of money spent on asbestos management in schools between 2006 and 2016 (to include the costs of surveys, staff training and work to enclose asbestos within schools)
-Approximately £100,000

2. the amount of money spent on asbestos removal from schools between 2006 and 2016
-Approximately £840,000

3. the amount of money spent on fines for breaches in the safe management of asbestos in schools between 2006 and 2016
-Not applicable, no expenditure.

4. funding sought from the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016
-As far as our Operational Property Specialist is aware we don’t use this as a conduit for funding asbestos management or removal of asbestos material.

5. the amount of funding approved by the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016
-As far as our Operational Property Specialist is aware we don’t use this as a conduit for funding asbestos management or removal of asbestos material.

6. the projected budget for future management of asbestos in schools between 2017 and 2027
-Approximately £300,000

Please be aware that figures are estimated. It would take more than 18 hours to review every works order associated with asbestos which would need to be scrutinised, survey costs, staff costs, removal costs, etc.

If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can request for it to be reviewed by contacting the Council’s Legal Services at Wokingham Borough Council via; Information Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN, or e-mailing [Wokingham Borough Council request email] detailing the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the response. Please address your correspondence to Shared Legal Solutions.

Requests not resolved at that stage can be escalated to the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

For further information, please visit: https://ico.org.uk/

Yours sincerely

Stuart Bignell
Information Services
Customer Services

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