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Vandals hit Scotland’s schools budget for £1m

31 Dec 2014

Mary Scanlon MSP

More than £1million was spent by Scottish councils last year repairing the damage caused by vandals in schools.

Figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives have revealed that around £20,000 per week is being shelled out by taxpayers to address the problem.

The costs vary from council to council, with the bigger city authorities facing the steepest bills.

Cities like Dundee (£174,000) and Aberdeen (£151,000) sustained the most damage, and with some local authorities – including Glasgow – failing to respond, the true figure is likely to be significantly higher.

Fife Council also had to shell out a considerable sum to pay for vandalism – £155,000 – as did Falkirk with £92,000.

Western Isles Council sustained no school vandalism at all over the past 12 months.

Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Mary Scanlon said:

“Every penny spent on sorting out damage to school buildings is money that could be focused on children’s education.

“It’s alarming that such a considerable sum is being spent addressing vandalism in Scotland’s schools.

“These irresponsible acts cause distress to communities and inconvenience to staff and pupils.

“Much tougher action is required to punish the offenders and ensure they have to pay back the costs they impose on society.

“Stronger action would also help deter others considering acts like this.”

Notes to editors:
Below is the amount of money spent repairing school vandalism last year:
 
2013/14
Aberdeen City
£150,769.54
Aberdeenshire
£47,902.16
Angus
£15,597.00
Argyll & Bute
n/a
Clackmannanshire
£26,206.71
Dumfries & Galloway
£21,562.04
Dundee City
£173,744.34
East Ayrshire
£26,324.94
East Dunbartonshire
n/a
East Lothian
£21,123
East Renfrewshire
£24,663.49
Edinburgh City
£36,635.33
Eilean Siar
None
Falkirk
£92,000.00
Fife
£154,981.00
Glasgow City
n/a
Highland
£40,744.48
Inverclyde
£24,524.97
Midlothian
£10,715.05
Moray
n/a
North Ayrshire
£62,130.27
North Lanarkshire
£826.63
Orkney Islands
£711.52
Perth & Kinross
n/a
Renfrewshire
£5,799.47
Scottish Borders
£19,333.35
Shetland Island
£227.66
South Ayrshire
£55,653.00
South Lanarkshire
£23,261.00
Stirling
£2,551.00
West Dunbartonshire
n/a
West Lothian
n/a
 

Total: £1,037,987