MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, has welcomed the announcement that new legislation, which requires all homes in Scotland to have interlinked smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, will be delayed until February 2022.
The Scottish Government recently confirmed that it will ask Parliament to approve a 12-month delay in the deadline to carry out this important safety work.
If the delay is approved, the new regulations, which extend the standard that currently applies to private rented property and new-builds to all homes in Scotland, will be moved back to February 2022.
The Scottish Government has already made over £15m of loan funding available for Social Landlords to procure and install the necessary alarms that should help ensure that social tenants are safe in their homes.
The Scottish Government has also provided additional funding of £870,000 in each year for the last two years to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to support their Home Safety Visits for vulnerable and high-risk people
Commenting, Stuart said:
“Fire safety is an absolute priority for all of us, and these improved regulations will mean that everyone in Inverclyde 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 install new alarms, it is welcome that the Scottish Government has listened to concerns and decided to ask the Scottish Parliament to delay the deadline by 12 months.
“Numerous people contacted my office about this issue and I was concerned that the cost and timeframe for complying with the legislation would prove challenging for many local people.
“Delaying this legislation by a year will give all home owners the time to afford these new alarms and getting them installed.
“As MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, 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.”