Scottish Government backs Labour MSP’s bill to install fire sprinklers
The Scottish Government has announced that it will include the requirement for fire sprinklers in social housing as part of their official response to Building and Fire Safety Review Panels formed last week, paving the way to a statutory requirement to include fire sprinkler in all new social housing.
This move is a significant victory for Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart, whose bill spurred the government to action. Since the Grenfell disaster last year, Stewart has been on a personal crusade to ensure that the cost-cutting measures are not repeated in Scotland.
The public consultation on his bill received 94 per cent public support. The bill itself secured signatures of support from over 50 MSPs of all five parties represented in Holyrood.
Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement, Stewart said:
“Fire sprinklers have been proven time and time again to be effective in the fight against fire and I know that this move will save lives.
“The strong backing for the plans from the public, industry and across the Parliamentary Chamber has been so encouraging and I am delighted that the Scottish Government have seen the sense in these proposals and have decided to take them on.
“The ball is now in the Government’s court to respond effectively and quickly to this overwhelming support.
“I intend to work closely with the Government on the plans and will continue to campaign to ensure that this new requirement makes it onto the statue books as soon as possible.
“My hope is that, as fire sprinkler technology becomes more widely used, eventually all Scottish homes will be protected by this life saving technology.”