Warning for councils after wall collapse

By Laura Sharman | 03 October 2017

Local authorities have been warned they must not ‘contract out’ the safety of new public buildings in a new report from the Scottish Parliament.

An inquiry was launched after 17 schools were forced to close in Edinburgh following the collapse of a wall.

The report, published by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee, concluded lessons must be learnt for the entire public sector to ensure new buildings are safe.

It found some local authorities had minimised their responsibilities for the safe design and construction of schools.

Committee convener, James Dornan, said: ‘There needs to be a change in thinking in some local authorities.

‘Responsibility for public safety must be taken seriously and it not something that can be contracted out.’

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