A steering group of experts set up to manage asbestos in schools may be disbanded, according to a leaked report.
Ministers have considered scaling back the work of the Department for Education’s (DfE)Asbestos Steering Group, in a bid to save money.
A DfE document handed to ministers for consideration in February this year said the department could “stop policy work and reduce stakeholder engagement on asbestos”.
The document, drafted by a civil servant, warned: “This is an emotive policy area and closing down the current stakeholder group would be controversial.
“Furthermore, any isolated incident of a school closing due to asbestos will mean we need to be able to respond.
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