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Welsh Government to pay for all RAAC repairs in schools

11 Mar 2024 2 minute read
RAAC warning – Image: Jacob King

The Welsh Government will pay to repair schools with collapse-risk concrete, it has been announced.

£2.56 million has been made available to cover the cost of remedial works to the five affected schools in Wales, Ysgol David Hughes and Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi on Ynys Mon, Ysgol Maes Owen in Conwy, Ysgol Trefnant in Denbighshire and Eveswell Primary in Newport.

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac), which is a lightweight building material used from the 1950s up to the mid-1990s, is now assessed to be at risk of collapse.

The number of schools in Wales identified as having Raac is low compared to the 230 in England and 39 in Scotland.


Minister for Education and Welsh Language Jeremy Miles said the fact that so few cases of Welsh schools with Raac had been identified was “testament to the Welsh Government’s investment in schools over many years”.

“I want to make sure every learner can fulfil their potential, and their education is delivered in environments that are fit for purpose,” he added.

The council leader for Ynys Mon, which has two affected schools, welcomed the additional funding.


The funding comes as part of new capital funding of more than £12.5m to improve school and college buildings throughout Wales.

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.

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.

“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.”

Money to repair the 234 education settings in England at risk of collapse will come from the Department for Education’s existing capital budget, it is understood.

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Y Cymro
4 months ago

It was the Conservatives in 1955 under Anthony Eden who first used RAAC concrete without any research into it’s longevity that’s put so many buildings & lives at risk today. And again under Tory tyrant Margaret Thatcher’s government whose “Building Act 1984” deliberately lowered building standards allowing cheaper inferior dangerous materials to be used, as seen with the cladding used in Grenville Towers that killed 72 tenants in 2017. As usual Wales pays dearly for Conservative Whitehall’s wayward policies and corrupt rule of the past & present. And where the Welsh Government will now foot the £2.56 million cost of… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Y Cymro
4 months ago

At least they will be repaired. Bridgend market is still shut cos raac. Wonder if it will be repaired or turned into flats (after getting demolished). Owned by an off shore firm (see private eye and tax policy associates).

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