Vandalism in Fife schools costs £155k

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The cost of repairing damage caused by vandalism in Fife schools has topped an incredible £154,981 - in just one year.

According to figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request, Fife’s bill was second highest of all councils in Scotland, beaten only by that of Dundee City at £173,744 .

Fife Council’s service manager Louise Playford said the authority took the issue of vandalism in its schools very seriously as it “caused real disruption in our school communities.”

“Over the past few years we have improved security measures at a number of our schools with more CCTV cameras being installed and other systems being improved,” she commented.

“Whilst we recognise that these costs are still significant, they have been reducing over recent years and we will continue to work with local police to try and prevent incidents where possible.”

While figures were unavailable for some local authorities, including Glasgow and West Lothian, Edinburgh City’s bill over the past 12 months came to £36,635 - less than 25 per cent of Fife’s cost.

Scottish Conservative education spokesman Mary Scanlon said: “Every penny spent on sorting out damage to school buildings is money that could be focused on children’s education.

“It is alarming that such a considerable sum is spent addressing vandalism in Scottish schools.

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

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