Following the Grenfell Tower incident that saw at least 80 people lose their lives, Scottish Labour MSP David Stewart has launched a fire safety in social housing members’ bill to make local authorities and housing associations responsible for the installation of sprinklers in new-build social housing developments.
The move has been welcomed by the Fire Brigades Union, with regional official Denise Christie saying that the government has to listen to firefighters if they’re to make improvements to fire safety standards.
Mr Stewart was quoted by The Scotsman as saying: “The tragic events of the Grenfell disaster have put fire safety to the forefront of many people’s minds. There is a small gap in our legislation that I think can be filled by a common sense proposal that will save lives.”
A consultation on the proposals will be launched shortly, also looking into whether or not legislation could be retrospectively applied to properties and whether or not it could be extended to include private housing as well.
According to the London Evening Standard, work has just started on covering the remains of Grenfell Tower, almost four months after the blaze. Scaffolding can now be seen on the tower block in west London, with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea saying it expects the work to be finished at the start of next year.
The tower itself is set to be demolished at the end of the 2018, but police are still going through the remains of the building looking for evidence.
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