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Margaret Ritchie MP highlights CO risks in low-income homes

Margaret Ritchie MP highlights CO risks in low-income homes

21st July 2016

Margaret Ritchie MP has joined a growing number of MPs calling for action to be taken to protect householders in low-income areas from carbon monoxide (CO) risks.

Launching EDM 362 in Parliament on the 20 July (more info), Margaret took the opportunity to highlight research at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) which reveals that low-income homes are at most risk from CO incidents. The Member of Parliament for South Down also called for the administrations of England, Wales and Northern Ireland to follow the example set by Scotland last year, and amend regulations for the Private Rented Sector to require landlords to install CO alarms in all homes. 

This follows on from a question that David Burrowes MP submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government on the 14 July, regarding the department's plans for liaising with the Scottish government ahead of the review of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm regulations for England in October 2017. 

Currently in England, the abovementioned regulations only require landlords to install alarms in properties that contain solid-fuel burning appliances. As this only accounts for approximately 8% of homes in the growing private rented sector, the APPCOG supports the call for more thorough regulations to be introduced, to provide comprehensive protection for private tenants from the threat of the 'silent killer'. 

For more information on the question submitted to DCLG by David, please click here