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Stevenson hails smoke alarm law postponement

By Alan Beresford

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THE delay to plans to ensure all homes in Scotland have interlinked smoke and carbon monoxide alarms has been welcomed by a local MSP.

Stewart Stevenson MSP.
Stewart Stevenson MSP.

Due to come into force in February next year, the measure has been postponed for 12 months amid concerns over the effects of the Covid pandemic.

The Scottish Government confirmed that it will ask the Scottish Parliament to approve a 12-month delay in the deadline to carry out this important safety work.

Under the terms of the new rules, both private and rented properties will be covered, with compliance responsibility falling on local authorities rather than householders.

The Scottish Government has already made over £15 million of loan funding available for social landlords to procure and instal the necessary alarms which should help ensure that social tenants are safe in their homes.

Additional funding by the Scottish Government of £870,000 in each year for the last two years has been provided to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to support their home safety visits for vulnerable and high-risk people.

The announcement of the postponement has been welcomed by Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson.

He said: “Fire safety is an absolute priority for all of us, and these improved regulations will mean that everyone in my constituency will benefit from the same level of protection, whether they own their home or rent from a social or private landlord.

“However, given the impact of Covid-19, and the difficulties this legislation was likely to cause for people seeking to instal new alarms, it’s welcome that the Scottish Government has listened to concerns and decided to ask the Scottish Parliament to delay the deadline by 12 months.

“As your representative for Banffshire and Buchan Coast, I will continue to look closely at ensuring people have the support, information and advice they need to make changes in advance of the new standards coming into force in February 2022.”

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