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An independent report into safety failures that forced the closure
of 17 Edinburgh schools has blamed the council and
the partnership which managed the building contracts.
It began with the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary School
in January last year, which the report says
Today's report found there had been a lack of proper scrutiny
of the construction work and warned that the problems may
This is where the children sheltered on a windy day at playtime.
This is where nine tonnes of rubble fell,
hundreds of bricks peeling from the wall and crashing to the ground.
Luckily it happened just before the school gates open.
The fact they can build a school that holds
500 children and not check it out and not have anybody independently
check it out, it is a complete and utter farce.
I got a phone call to say your son's not here, he's not at
Somebody needs to be held culpable for this.
That could have been a kid, in fact it could have
This sparked an urgent inspection of schools built
There are 17 of them and all found to be faulty and all were shut down
The main findings are that the 17 schools
There was a lack of supervision that would
And the problems were not bound to the
use of public, private partnerships to finance the projects.
The problem was with wall ties, metal fixings
that strengthened the inner and outer walls.
The BBC Scotland investigation revealed the problem
These pictures show faulty fixings in East
The fact there were different contractors and
subcontractors and the same faults turned up at other schools in
Scotland, where we found five wall collapse in the last four years.
It says this is something which isn't
It is going to be down to a number of agencies
across the UK and the construction agency itself to look at whether the
quality assurance of those buildings is good enough.
The closures caused massive disruption across the city,
more than 8,000 children affected and their families.
The report praises the Council for their response to
getting pupils to class and says learning did not suffer.
But for one family, they still lack confidence
I still don't stand next to the wall now.
I know they have fixed it and I have seen them
physically drill holes into every bit, but it does put you off
It is a lot quieter in that part of the trade ground.
The Scottish Government says it is writing to all local
authorities across Scotland, highlighting the report's
Four more councils have agreed to put up the basic rate
The average bill will rise by ?300 or ?400 a month,
while around a quarter of people will face more significant rises
because of national changes to the way their council
Edinburgh Council today became the first big
But as our local Government correspondent Jamie McIvor reports,
councils are still under huge financial pressure.
Council budget day is a day of tradition.
For years, councils have faced tough spending decisions,
Councils across Scotland can put up the basic rate of council tax by 3%.
But it won't mean the end of cuts and savings.
Many councils are proposing new headline grabbing cuts
Protesters say one big issue is about what some call
In Edinburgh, 1,400 members of staff have gone this year.
It increases the workload of other people.
People can't provide the service they want to provide.
They cannot get out to meet the people.
Typically, the council tax makes up only 15p of every pound
Some council leaders want new powers to find other ways to
raise cash, their dependence on the Scottish Parliament.
I would raise tax tomorrow if I had the power to do so.
I would place a parking levy tomorrow, but I don't have
Edinburgh Council is one of five councils to have agreed to put
Aberdeenshire opted for a smaller rise.
Typically, an average bill will go up by ?3 and ?4 a month,
but around a quarter face bigger rises.
The bills in band E, F, G and H are rising
This man's annual bill will come to almost ?1,600.
I have spoken to my neighbours and most of
us have said we are prepared to pay a bit more if it will be held
locally and local decisions are made on how to spend the money.
Others face even bigger rises and some will
All councils should reach decisions in the council tax within the next
The sister of a man who didn't return from a kayaking trip,
has paid tribute to search teams after a body was found
35-year-old Dominic Jackson was reported missing on Sunday
after a weekend trip on the Moray Firth.
A body has now been found in the Lybster area.
It has still to be formally identified.
Ellie Jackson said her family was thankful to have an outcome
even though it wasn't the one they were praying for.
The First Minister has faced claims that her Government has let down
The Holyrood row followed analysis from a think tank
which suggests that bright pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
in Scotland lag well behind their more affluent classmates.
The First Minister insisted action was already well under way
Here's our political editor Brian Taylor.
If these warnings about Scotland's schools sound familiar, they are.
The Sutton Trust the data from an international survey and matched
They found bright children from poor households
are more than two and a half years behind their wealthier
In England, the gap in attainment link
to wealth is even greater, but this report highlights a distinctive
Unlike in England, Scotland's brightest pupils score
below the average for developed countries.
The trust found no area in which the brightest 15-year-olds
in Scotland really excel and they noticed a pronounced and sustained
A decade, of course, of the SNP in power at Holyrood.
It is a generation of Scottish people that are being left
behind in the race for qualifications and future jobs.
Scotland used to lead the world in education.
While under this SNP government, are we always playing catch-up?
Time and time again I have come here and argued the SNP are
This report shows they are holding the brightest children back.
A sombre Education Secretary by her side,
the First Minister noted the basic figures were
But, no excuses, action was needed and was already in progress.
We have embarked upon a programme of reforms in education are underpinned
by substantial additional funding, going straight into the hands of
Our headteachers across this country, last week got
told of the substantial additional funding that they will have at their
direct disposal, to invest in additional teachers or the things
they think will help raise attainment.
The First Minister said again, education was her top
priority and, like a political exam candidate, she was ready to be
Twenty six schoolchildren were taken to hospital this morning
after the bus they were travelling in overturned and crashed down
It happened as the bus arrived at Our Lady's High School
Although there were no serious injuries a major incident
was declared with ambulance, police and fire appliances
The scene outside the school in Cumbernauld this morning.
At 8:45am a single deck of bus plunge down this ditch.
One pupil, who got out, said the driver helped his
I literally saw the bus come down the hill and
the wheel hit the curb and I don't know if it
exploded, but there was fire coming out of it.
I just saw it literally flip right over.
A major incident was declared with 20
ambulances going to the scene as well as three fire appliances.
The bus was on its side and the escape
hatches on the roof had been popped out and we lead the kids out through
My friends and colleagues who saw it happening,
they, it was a difficult scene for those.
Most pupils were taken into the school hall to recover.
One 16-year-old girl is being treated for nonserious
injuries and the rest are under investigation.
In North Lanarkshire we take the safety of
Parents on a daily basis give their most
valuable possessions, their children.
It is important we investigate this matter fully.
The vehicle was eventually pulled out
The bus company confirmed their driver is recovering.
Weather now and it's over to Christopher for the outlook
Thank you very much indeed an good evening to you at home. He cold one
tonight, frosty and for Easter in Scotland, snow showers. This picture
sent in by one of our weather watchers. In the last few moments,
the weather watchers have issued a whether warning yellow. The showers
continuing. Elsewhere it dry night and it dries out day tomorrow, but
it will be cold start and a frosty start. Maybe a view of those showers
drifting through the central lowlands. Towards the north-west,
Santander set the date, plate a pleasant sight, but it will be
bitterly cold at times. We have lost the wind along the north-west coast.
To the cause of the morning, the show is tending to use off for
Easter in parts. Elsewhere largely dry. Sunshine in places. Better than
today. Across the UK as a whole, largely dry, cloudy and cold. Even a
few showers coming in across the ease coast with that breeze of the
north sea. Temperature wise three, four Celsius. It will be cold. The
north sea. Temperature wise three, best of the sunshine in the west.
Elsewhere some brighter moments. Into the evening, Sharia still with
us, peppering the coast at times. -- showers. Into the weekend, high
us, peppering the coast at times. -- pressure staying with us. Largely
settled, but that east wind coming in off the north sea. Come Saturday,
most of those likely across parts of the Borders, said Lanarkshire, the
load 's, faith and Angus. Elsewhere largely dry. Once again cold. Bitter
winds. Sunday, once again largely dry, fairly closely in the east,
Our next update is during Breakfast at 6:25am tomorrow morning.
From everyone on the late team here in Glasgow