Sunak: Sunak blamed for unsafe schools crisis in Britain


London: PM Rishi Sunak faced a mounting crisis over Britain‘s crumbling schools after a former government official said Monday that Sunak had refused to rebuild more schools while he was head of the Treasury, despite warnings that lightweight concrete used in hundreds of buildings was a risk to life. The former official, Jonathan Slater, who held one of the most senior roles in the Department of Education, said that in 2021, when Sunak was chancellor of the Exchequer, he cut in half an internal recommendation to rebuild 100 schools every year. “We were saying there was a critical risk to life if this program is not funded.” For the Conservatives, who are burdened by a stagnant economy and lengthy waiting lists at hospitals, a crisis in schools poses an acute political risk.

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