Public building failures ‘scandalous’ says Jardine

Allowing our children to attend schools and using other public buildings in the city without checking they had been properly built and maintained has today been described as "scandalous" by Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine.

Ms Jardine was commenting on a report by Audit Scotland, following the collapse of a wall at Edinburgh’s Oxgangs Primary School in January 2016, which highlights failures by Edinburgh City Council to ensure that proper building and safety standards were followed.

The publication also challenges local authorities over the lack of adequate resourcing of departments that are essential to public safety and ensuring that contracts are properly carried out.

Ms Jardine said:

“When it comes to the safety of our children, it is the council's duty to ensure that all buildings meet the highest standards.

“I find it absolutely scandalous that, according to this report, proper checks were not made that the building work was up to standard and properly maintained.

“It's simply not good enough, and if departments are under-resourced that has to be addressed.

“The Scottish Government must also accept that its stranglehold on local authority funding has not helped. Rather than pass the buck to councils or Westminster they must take responsibility for improving council funding.”

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