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The DfE listing reveals pupils at 24 faculties throughout England will obtain some distant studying due to the concrete disaster, with 4 faculties switching to totally distant studying, PA Media studies.

And the listing reveals 19 faculties the place the beginning of time period has needed to be delayed because of collapse-prone concrete.

Division for Training publishes listing of faculties in England affected by Raac

The Division for Training has simply revealed a full listing of faculties in England the place Raac has been confirmed and mitigations are in place. The DfE promised to publish this earlier than the tip of the week and, as is so typically the case, the prospect of the PM going through questions at midday on Wednesday has had a miraculous impact when it comes to rushing up the discharge of data.

Shapps rejects declare scrapping Constructing Faculties for Future programme led to Raac disaster

Throughout his media spherical this morning Grant Shapps, the brand new defence secretary, rejected union claims that, if the federal government had not cancelled the Constructing Faculties for the Future programme in 2010, the Raac faculty constructing disaster could have been averted. (See 10.06am.)

Shapps stated that Constructing Faculties for the Future solely utilized to secondary faculties, and that many of the faculties with Raac issues now are main faculties. He went on:

We didn’t assume it [BSF] was the suitable programme to take ahead, however lots of these faculties have had different remedial work or constructing work executed within the meantime.

So I don’t assume simply sticking to what occurred to be a earlier coverage is the reply to what would have nonetheless been an issue right now.

Starmer says Birmingham council’s chapter symptom of how Tories have left ‘full mess all over the place’

Keir Starmer has stated that Birmingham metropolis council in impact declaring itself bankrupt is a symptom of a wider downside attributable to native authorities being underfunded for greater than a decade.

Requested in his BBC Breakfast interview if he would bail out the Labour-run council if he have been in authorities, Starmer replied:

I really feel for the residents affected by this as a result of they’ll be very frightened about their companies. I feel, if you happen to take a step again from Birmingham, you will note there are variations of this throughout the nation. And that’s as a result of, for 13 years, native authorities have been stripped of the funding they want. So we must have a look at that once more.

However, frankly, it is a model of a query that’s now being put to me on daily basis, which is how on earth is an incoming Labour authorities, if we’re privileged to come back into energy, going to repair the whole mess all over the place throughout the nation. There’s this normal sense that after 13 years now of this authorities every thing is damaged.

Requested once more if he would bail out Birmingham, Starmer stated Labour must have a look at an answer for native authorities throughout the board. Councils wanted long term funding settlements, he stated.

Grant Shapps insists he can be ‘combating the nook’ on MoD spending as defence secretary

When Grant Shapps was appointed defence secretary final week, there have been claims that one motive why he obtained the job was as a result of he was unlikely to antagonise No 10 with fixed calls for for greater defence spending. His predecessor Ben Wallace usually featured in newspaper tales saying he was keen to resign if the Ministry of Defence didn’t get extra.

In interviews this morning, Shapps rejected claims that he can be a pushover on spending. He stated that he needed the MoD funds to go up, and that he would combat for this.

He instructed LBC:

I’ve run complicated infrastructure-heavy departments up to now and I’ll, in fact, as secretary of state, be combating the nook.

So don’t underestimate me in terms of defending the nation or the division.

On Sky Information, requested if he would take the identical method as Wallace to lobbying for greater spending, Shapps replied:

Effectively, I’ll do it in my very own means. I’ve spoken earlier than about my need to see the next defence funds, nicely earlier than being on this position.

Shapps’s two instant predecessors each had navy expertise. Wallace was a soldier earlier than turning into a politician, and Penny Mordaunt has been a Royal Navy reservist. However Shapps instructed LBC that Wallace and Mordaunt have been exceptions to the norm, and that his lack of non-public expertise within the armed forces wouldn’t be an issue. He defined:

Solely two of the final 15 defence secretaries have come from the navy. It’s truly extremely uncommon.

We’ve got a civilian authorities and rightly we put civilians in command of it. I feel that the Ministry of Defence will profit from having a vastly skilled secretary of state.

Grant Shapps on the BBC this morning.
Grant Shapps on the BBC this morning. {Photograph}: BBC Breakfast/PA

Chris Bryant appointed shadow digital minister as Labour’s frontbench reshuffle continues

Keir Starmer has introduced one other raft of shadow ministerial appointments this morning. One of the attention-grabbing is the appointment of Chris Bryant, chair of the Commons requirements committee, as shadow minister for artistic industries and digital working.

Bryant was a International Workplace minister within the final Labour authorities however he resigned from a frontbench position when Jeremy Corbyn was chief and has remained on the backbenches till now, even though his politics broadly align with Keir Starmer’s.

In a Guardian interview revealed final month, Simon Hattenstone concluded that Bryant was excluded from senior jobs as a result of he was deemed too unbiased. Hattenstone wrote:

Why do you assume you haven’t achieved excessive workplace? Are you too troublesome? [Bryant] swallows an enormous piece of trout with stunning magnificence and tells me the political commentator Iain Dale usually asks him the identical query, then solutions on his behalf. “His model is I’m a bloody ache.” Has he obtained some extent? “Perhaps. A bit.” In what means? “Effectively, I work actually exhausting.” That doesn’t make you a ache, I say. “No, what I imply is I continuously churn stuff out. A few of my concepts fall on stony floor and a few aren’t nice concepts.” I feel what he means is he has too lots of his personal concepts and isn’t a sure man.

Bryant posted this on Twitter.

I’m delighted to be appointed Shadow Minister for Artistic Industries and Digital working with @ThangamMP and @peterkyle

Creativity drives the UK’s potential. It creates jobs. It enlivens our creativeness. We have to cherish and have fun it and make it out there to all.

I’m delighted to be appointed Shadow Minister for Artistic Industries and Digital working with @ThangamMP and @peterkyle
Creativity drives the UK’s potential. It creates jobs. It enlivens our creativeness. We have to cherish and have fun it and make it out there to all.

— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) September 6, 2023

Bryant’s appointment means a brand new chair must be elected for the requirements committee.

And listed here are extra Labour appointments.

Keir Starmer and Bridget Phillipson, the shadow education secretary, visting a classroom this morning at Park View School in London, where classrooms have been taken out of use because of Raac.
Keir Starmer and Bridget Phillipson, the shadow training secretary, visting a classroom this morning at Park View College in London, the place school rooms have been taken out of use due to Raac. {Photograph}: Leon Neal/Getty Photographs

DfE itself guilty in some circumstances for lacking Raac survey outcomes, says union chief

Yesterday Gillian Keegan, the training secretary, angered faculty leaders by saying a few of them have been guilty for not responding to a survey meant to search out out whether or not their buildings have been in danger from Raac. Ben Quinn has the story right here.

This morning, in his interview on the As we speak programme, Geoff Barton, normal secretary of the Affiliation of College and Faculty Leaders, stated that Keegan’s language was “deeply unhelpful” and that in some circumstances the Division for Training was guilty for lacking survey outcomes.

He stated that final evening he had had an e-mail from somebody who runs a belief in command of 15 faculties. He went on:

She says on Monday evening at 10 o’clock she obtained a telling off letter from Baroness Barran [an education minister] stating the belief was considered one of 5% that hadn’t returned the questionnaire. She says ‘We’ve got returned the questionnaire for all 15 of these faculties. We did it early in time period.’ It raises questions on whether or not the division is protecting information.

One other individual emailed me final evening, ‘We’ve got despatched our questionnaire thrice … and been instructed we haven’t.’

All of this blame sport is deeply unhelpful.

Instructing union leaders say Raac disaster reveals why Tories shouldn’t have cancelled faculty restore programme in 2010

Yesterday Faculties Week reported that not less than 11 secondary faculties in England the place Raac has been confirmed had refurbishment plans scrapped when the Conservatives got here to energy. This morning the BBC has been main by itself model of this story, saying not less than 13 faculties with Raac have been affected by the cancellation of the Constructing Faculties for the Future programme in 2010.

In keeping with the BBC report, the 13 faculties are:

Aston Manor Academy – Birmingham

Ferryhill College – County Durham

Carmel Faculty – Darlington

The Ellen Wilkinson College for Ladies – Ealing, London

The Billericay College – Essex

The Bromfords College – Essex

The Appleton College – Essex

The Gilberd College – Essex

The Thomas Lord Audley College – Essex

Thurstable College Sports activities Faculty and Sixth Kind Centre – Essex

Wooden Inexperienced Academy – Sandwell, West Midlands

London Oratory College – Hammersmith and Fulham, London

Holy Household Catholic College, Bradford

This morning Geoff Barton, normal secretary of the Affiliation of College and Faculty Leaders, instructed the As we speak programme that folks would see this as proof that the federal government didn’t care about training.

I feel the nation’s dad and mom will assume this simply reinforces a way that we’ve got obtained a authorities that frankly doesn’t care, and hasn’t cared about training for a few years.

Barton stated that, though Constructing Faculties for the Future had its fault, it was an indication of the federal government’s dedication to capital funding. He defined:

I truly bear in mind visiting a faculty in a reasonably disadvantaged a part of Suffolk, which was on the Constructing Faculties for the Future listing on the day that Michael Gove gleefully introduced that the programme was being pulled.

There have been all types of flaws with that programme: it was costly and it was overambitious, but it surely was saying one thing vital, that the nation’s faculties wanted to be refurbished.

What we’ve got obtained right now, subsequently, is a few of these faculties’ headteachers scrambling round making an attempt to determine bits of concrete which could appear like Aero bars when they need to be specializing in youngsters studying and creating.

And Daniel Kebede, normal secretary for the Nationwide Training Union, has claimed there wouldn’t be any Raac left in faculties in England if Constructing Faculties for the Future had continued. “It has for my part been calculated neglect,” he stated.

Keir Starmer accuses Rishi Sunak of placing champagne tax lower forward of college security

Good morning. PMQs is among the hardest ordeals he has to face however, as Rishi Sunak prepares his scripts for the primary PMQs of the autumn, after a summer season the place the Tory fightback appeared to have zilch constructive affect on public opinion, not less than he has one comfort. He gained’t need to spend time guessing what Keir Starmer goes to ask. Not solely has Labour briefed on this; Starmer has even been rehearsing his line of assault on the BBC this morning.

Starmer has been visiting a faculty in London affected by the Raac (strengthened autoclaved aerated concrete) constructing security disaster and, in an interview with BBC Breakfast, he accused Sunak of prioritising a tax lower for champagne drinkers forward of funding faculty constructing repairs.

Setting out his case, Starmer stated:

The BBC evaluation this morning … reveals that various faculties affected right now have been on the listing for Constructing Faculties for the Future that in 2010 this authorities lower.

Then you definately add to that in 2021 a listing of faculties that wanted work executed was put earlier than the prime minister when he was then chancellor, and he refused to permit the funding to go ahead.

As a direct consequence, you’ve obtained pupils this morning who will not be in class.

I’m right here at Park View. They realized about six months in the past that that they had this concrete of their higher ground within the constructing simply behind me. They misplaced 15 school rooms in a single go. And straightaway they needed to attempt to educate 200 youngsters in an enormous corridor and the others on-line for a complete time period. Now they’ve had since then, to place in Portakabins as a brief measure. That’s the human affect of the federal government’s failure on this.

Referring to PMQs, Starmer stated he needed Sunak to elucidate why he didn’t approve all the additional funding for college buildings being requested by the Division for Training.

I feel the least that we’re entitled to is to know what dangers have been identified to him in 2021 when the prime minister took these choices, and a solution for him as to why he didn’t permit that funding to go ahead.

When it was put to him that the federal government coming into energy in 2010 needed to in the reduction of on the Constructing Faculties for the Future programme as a result of borrowing was too excessive, Starmer urged that was not related. He stated:

I feel that many individuals throughout the nation are getting fairly weary of a authorities that’s now been in energy for 13 years saying in reply to any query about their very own failure, ‘It’s not our fault, we couldn’t have executed something.’ Are they significantly saying to the nation that in 13 years they couldn’t have executed something about their failures?

Starmer additionally stated that on the similar time Sunak resolve to not fund faculty repairs correctly (within the autumn funds and spending evaluation of 2021), he lower the tax on champagne. Starmer went on:

These are selections. [Sunak] didn’t say, ‘Effectively, I can’t try this in relation to champagne’. He took a alternative to chop the [duty] price in relation to champagne and to not log out the mandatory funding for college.

That is an assault line Labour was additionally utilizing on social media yesterday.

These comparisons are sometimes trite since you may assume that axing a lower in champagne responsibility wouldn’t be sufficient to fund a large-scale faculty restore programme. And the Treasury crimson guide for autumn 2021 reveals that the alcohol responsibility reforms introduced by Sunak (which decreased the responsibility on glowing wine) solely price £20m in 2022-23. However it stated in 2023-24 the price can be £115m, and by 2026-27 the price can be £155m. That’s extra comparable with the price of fixing the Raac disaster which, as Robert Sales space studies, is approaching £150m.

The crimson guide reveals {that a} one-year freeze typically alcohol responsibility introduced by Sunak on the similar time was going to price greater than £500m in 2022-23 – sufficient to fund a considerable faculty renovation venture. However Labour would relatively deal with the tax lower for champagne, as a result of that means Sunak, and the Tories, prioritise the wealthy.

As I write, Sunak might be crafting his response. Right here is the agenda for the day.

Morning: Keir Starmer visits a faculty in London with Bridget Phillipson, the shadow training secretary.

10am: Sir Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan police commissioner, provides proof to the London meeting’s police and crime committee.

Midday: Rishi Sunak faces Keir Starmer at PMQs.

Round 2pm: MPs begin a three-hour debate on a Labour “humble deal with” movement which, if handed, would power the federal government to publish inside paperwork in regards to the Division for Training’s calls for for extra cash for college repairs in 2020 and 2021, and the Treasury’s response.

2.15pm: Andrew Bailey, governor of the Financial institution of England, provides proof to the Commons Treasury committee.

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Keir Starmer talking to BBC Breakfast this morning
Keir Starmer speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning {Photograph}: BBC Information

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