Asbestos in Schools Petition

Lucie Stephens is campaigning for all asbestos to be removed from all schools, in memory of her mother Sue Stephens

Sue Stephens was a primary school teacher in Buckinghamshire for over 30 years. Tragically in June 2016, she died from mesothelioma. In December 2016, Devon coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland concluded that Sue died from an industrial disease, and that on the balance of probability, she was exposed to asbestos while working as a teacher in schools.

Sue’s daughter Lucie is campaigning for the removal of all asbestos in all schools to be her mothers legacy. Lucie has started an online petition, which she will deliver, with her family, to the Secretary of State for Education. The petition is online here, please sign it and share it with friends and family members. 

Woman’s Hour interview
Lucie recently spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about the campaign. Listen to the full interview here.

Freedom of Information requests
In conjunction with the BBC, Lucie Stephens submitted Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to all Local Authorities in England and Wales. The FOIs asked a number of questions including which schools in the authority contain asbestos and whether there have been any claims for compensation because of exposure to asbestos in their schools.

The FOI requests found that over £10m has been paid in compensation over the last decade to staff and former pupils who have been exposed to asbestos in schools. More information is available on the BBC website here.

If you would like to know which schools in your area contain asbestos, please go here and search for your local authorities response.

Note on academies, free schools and sixth form colleges– as these organisations are outside of Local Authority control, the majority of the FOI responses do not include these schools. JUAC is currently working with Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Asbestos in Schools Group to submit FOI requests to academies, free schools and sixth form colleges. Once this information has been received, it will also be published online.