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More schools in England face closure due to crumbling concrete, says minister – UK politics live

Nick Gibb says parents shouldn’t worry but more schools face having to close building son the eve of pupils returning to class

Hospitals have also been affected by issues related to crumbling concrete. In 2021 NHS England hospitals sounded the alarm over materials used in roofs that reached the end of their lifespan more than a decade ago, with one hospital forced to restrict the use of some operating theatres to lighter patients.

In 2022, NHS bosses admitted that dangerous roofs at risk of collapse would not be fixed until 2035. But it was only in June that ministers launched a government-wide inquiry into the use of crumbling concrete in public buildings after first turning government attention to the use of the concrete in schools in 2018, after the roof of a primary school in Kent collapsed.

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