Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin slams proposal to scrap sprinklers in schools

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed a government proposal to do away with sprinklers in schools.

New proposals from the Department for Education suggest scrapping a commitment to fitting sprinklers in all new schools.

The Association of British Insurers estimates that there are 1,500 fires in schools every year, saying that sprinklers can save lives and protect buildings from being destroyed.

The campaign is being backed by the Fire Brigades Union and the West Midlands Fire Service who want the Government to ensure that sprinklers are installed in more high-risk buildings.

Austin has written to the Education Secretary Justine Greening urging her to keep the regulations in place so all new schools carry sprinklers.

Ian Austin said:

“No one wants unnecessary red tape, but these rules are about protecting children.

“There’s no reason why new schools shouldn’t be equipped with sprinklers to help protect children in the event of a fire.

“I have written to the Education Secretary Justine Greening urging her to use common sense and keep these regulations in place.”

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