Commenting on the Scottish Government’s decision to postpone rollout of new fire and carbon monoxide alarm regulations, after people were only alerted to the planned changes by a private company just months before the February 2021 deadline, Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart said:
“The Scottish Government promised a comprehensive information campaign to ensure that people knew about the changes they would need to make to comply with the new fire alarm regulations.
“People needed to know about these changes well ahead of time, so that they could plan for the upgrades and the costs on their own terms.
“Instead, constituents were left to find out 21 months into a 24 month rollout, and were told that they would need to invite people into their homes in the midst of a pandemic. After months of minimising contact with others, that news will have caused serious worry.
“The Scottish Government’s re-think on their timelines is therefore welcome. They must now put support in place to help people make the changes needed, in a safe way.”