The BBC has reported today that Councils in England have paid out at least £10m in compensation to people who developed illnesses because of asbestos in school buildings. Figures obtained by BBC News show that in the past decade 32 councils have settled claims from former teachers, school staff or pupils. The National Union of Teachers says up to 300 adults die each year because of exposure to asbestos while at school. The government says it is investing £23bn to improve school buildings.
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