Council urgently calls on government to revise its “totally inadequate” offer of air cleaning units for educational settings

The government has recently announced that an additional 7,000 air cleaning units will be nationally provided to early years, schools and colleges to improve ventilation on sites and help reduce covid transmission.

Council urgently calls on government to revise its “totally inadequate” offer of air cleaning units for educational settings

The government has recently announced that an additional 7,000 air cleaning units will be nationally provided to early years, schools and colleges to improve ventilation on sites and help reduce covid transmission.


Labour Cllr Shirley Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, is raising concerns about the limited number of air cleaning units offered nationally,  which will result in very few allocated for Telford and Wrekin educational settings.

Cllr Reynolds said: “In a time when it’s ever so important to protect face-to-face education and minimise disruption as much as possible, the government’s air cleaning units offer is totally inadequate.
“A very low number of air cleaning units has been allocated nationally and on top, the educational settings need to actively apply for them and meet certain criteria to be successful.
“We expect that the majority of our borough’s educational settings will be left by the government without this essential support, where it is necessary to improve their ventilation on site.
“Classrooms are the best place for our children to be in, for continuity of their education and for their own wellbeing.
“We are calling for the government to urgently increase its air cleaning units offer, so more classrooms benefit from them and more children and staff reduce their risk of catching covid and being away from school.”




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