Following a written question submitted by David Burrowes MP (Enfield Southgate), the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has committed to holding discussions with the Scottish government, prior to reviewing the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) regulations in October 2017.
Currently, the regulations in England only require landlords to install alarms in properties that contain solid-fuel burning appliances, which constitute a mere 8% of all households in the private rented sector (PRS). This is a marked discrepancy from the regulatory framework in Scotland, where since December 2015 landlords in the PRS have been required to install alarms in all properties that contain a fuel-burning appliance. David was encouraged to raise the issue with DCLG, following a point made by Gordon Samuel of the Katie Haines Memorial Trust at an APPCOG panel discussion looking at carbon monoxide (CO) safety in touirsm on the 11 May. At the event, Gordon - who lost his daughter Katie to CO poiosning in 2010 - pressed for regulations in England for the PRS to cover all fuel appliances (page 7, more info
). In his question, David asked if the Department had previously held discussions with the Scottish government on their comprehensive regulations for CO safety in the PRS. In his response, Gavin Barwell MP, the Minister for Housing, Planning and London, stated that further to the regular dialogue that takes place between the four UK administrations, the department will reach out to the Scottish government when they begin the planned review of the regulations in October 2017 (more info
). With evidence continuing to emerge that those most at risk of CO poiosning are low-income households in the PRS, we hope that the government will take decisive action to ensure that households across the country are equally protected from CO, the 'silent killer'. For more information on the regulatory framework regarding CO alarms in the PRS in Scotland, please click here
. For more information on the Katie Haines Memorial Trust, please click here