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Equality Impact Assessment (interim): Consultation on Fire and Smoke Alarms in Scottish Homes

Equality Impact Assessment (interim): Consultation on Fire and Smoke Alarms in Scottish Homes

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ISBN: 9781788512602

An impact assessment published in connection with a consultation on new standards for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish housing across all tenures

Executive Summary

The proposals and options outlined in the Consultation on Fire and Smoke alarms in Scottish homes were developed in response to the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. The Ministerial Working Group, which first met on 20 June to oversee a review of building and fire safety regulations, prioritised this consultation to consider setting more stringent fire and smoke alarm requirements, where required, in Scottish homes.

In Scotland, the highest current standards for smoke and fire alarms are in new build housing and in the private rented sector. It is proposed that any new requirements should be based on these standards. Recommendations for consideration include:

A. Applying a higher standard to social rented housing

B. Applying a new standard to flats, irrespective of tenure

C. Applying a new standard to flats only in high-rise buildings, irrespective of tenure

D. Applying a new standard to all housing, irrespective of tenure

It is proposed that each of these options are in line with the standard currently applicable to the private rented sector. This document is an Equality Impact Assessment for these proposals.