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Scottish Government broke interlinked fire alarm laws for over six months

Scottish Government buildings broke fire safety laws for six months after the deadline had passed, it has been revealed.
A Freedom of Information request from the Scottish Conservatives has shown that the last Scottish Government building to install interlinked fire alarms did so on 18th August 2022, more than six months after the 1st February deadline.
Despite repeated requests from the Scottish Conservatives, the SNP refused to push the deadline back - forcing many Scots to pay hundreds of pounds to become legally compliant.
The Scottish Conservatives have slammed the SNP Government for their hypocrisy over the new regulations.
Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing and Local Government, Miles Briggs MSP, said: “This is a shameful admission from the SNP Government, who refused to move the deadline for installing these new alarms even when it became apparent that they had failed to properly inform the public of the change in the law.
"Everybody agreed that these new alarms should be installed for safety reasons but the government didn't do enough to tell people what they needed to do.
“Now we have learned that the SNP were breaking their own law for more than six months, long after their buildings should have been up to standard.
“The SNP must now take full responsibility for their failures, and explain to the public why it took so long for these buildings to comply with the law."
  
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Scottish Government buildings broke fire safety laws as six months after the deadline had passed. A Scottish Conservative Freedom of Information request shows that the last Scottish Government building to install fire alarms did so on 18 August 2022, which is more than six months after the 1 February deadline. (Scottish Conservatives, Freedom of Information request, available on request).
Despite requests from the Scottish Conservatives, the SNP Government refused to push the deadline back on the use of interlinked fire alarms. This would have prevented households being caught out by the new laws amid a global shortage of computer chips to make the sensors function. (Scotsman, 28 December 2021, link).
Approaching the deadline, nearly half of Scots had not installed interlinked fire alarms. The survey of 1,000 Scots carried out for Toolstation between 26 January and 28 January found that 49 per cent had not installed interlinked fire alarms. (The Herald, 2 February 2022, link).
Private companies had been known to quote up to £600 to fit a system of alarms. Leaflets from companies began circulating warning of the 1 February deadline and leading to fears that they would cash in on panic-buying. (The Herald, 2 February 2022, link).