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Asbestos in schools.

Asbestos in schools.

A CAMPAIGN warning of the scourge of asbestos in Britain’s schools is to be launched in the north-east, targeting parents and education workers.

Delegates at the Northern TUC conference in Newcastle were told at the weekend that between 200 and 300 people die every year from the effects of asbestos exposure, often decades after coming into contact with the deadly mineral as schoolchildren.

But successive governments have failed to take the action necessary to remove the building material, which used to be widely used for insulation.

A motion from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) warned delegates that 86 per cent of schools in Britain contain asbestos.

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