Greater than 10 per cent of trusts and councils nonetheless haven’t responded to an important authorities survey on “crumbly” bolstered autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).
Officers have been asking accountable our bodies to finish questionnaires on the presence of the possibly harmful materials on their websites since final March.
However talking within the Home of Lords on Tuesday, academies minister Baroness Barran stated: “Practically 90 per cent of colleges and accountable our bodies have despatched of their preliminary responses [to our questionnaire] and we’re working carefully with structural engineering sector to establish precisely each if the RAAC is current and if it poses a danger.
“We’re now working a small name centre inside the division and there are, together with sadly some native authorities, organisations we’ve needed to contact a number of occasions. We’re working with MPs and others to verify we get all of the returns.”
Barran added that she is “very assured we could have carried out a minimum of 600 surveys by the autumn”.
This comes amid fears from the Workplace for Authorities Property that the “crumbly” materials, used extensively in flat-roofed faculty buildings, is “liable to break down”.
Final week, seven colleges – unfold throughout Kent, the north east and Essex – have been briefly closed following discovery of RAAC on their websites.
In response to a Native Authorities Affiliation report, seen by Colleges Week, greater than 150 colleges “have been recognized as probably having RAAC”.
Final March, the Division for Training requested accountable our bodies – trusts and councils – to finish a survey about RAAC on their faculty websites.
Barran described this as a “superhuman process”, and though a “overwhelming majority” had responded, “a handful” had not.
Talking to Colleges Week she stated: “I discover that basically baffling, as a result of we’re right here to assist them. We’ve lined up a whole lot of capability when it comes to structural surveys and so forth.”