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Update from the Ministerial Working Group on fire safety

Ministers met with Scottish Fire and Rescue.

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The fifth meeting of a Ministerial Working Group, set up to review building and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, has taken place.

Communities Secretary Angela Constance and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart received updates from Scottish Government officials and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Ministers welcomed the launch of a consultation on fire and building safety, which will better protect all homes against fire and smoke. The consultation will look at whether the same standard should be applied across all housing – whether it is new-build, privately or socially rented or owner-occupied.

Communities Secretary Angela Constance said:

“We remain confident that we have stringent building and fire safety regulations in Scotland, and, through this group, we will ensure that we will continue to have the highest standards in place.

“I’d like to thank local authorities, fire and rescue and health services housing associations and building owners for their continued efforts. We are working closely together through this review of our regulations and will take any action that is needed.”

The group received an update on robust checks taking place across Scotland, including the NHS estate. 

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