An MSP is urging the Scottish Government to postpone plans for all homes in Scotland to install interlinked smoke and fire alarms.

Scottish Conservative West of Scotland MSP, Russell Findlay, believes the installation deadline of 1st February is unfair due to a lack of alarms being available and their financial cost.

Under the new law, every home in Scotland will need to have interlinked alarms in the main living area, hallways and landings on each storey.

A heat alarm must be installed in the kitchen, with carbon monoxide detectors required if the building has a boiler, fire, heater or stove.

The policy was due to come into force last year but was delayed by a year due to Covid.

However, on Wednesday the housing secretary, Shona Robison, defied Scottish Conservative demands for another extension.

The Scottish Government estimate the average cost of installing the alarms will be around £220 per home but Holyrood heard evidence of firms quoting up to £500 to fit an alarm.

Concerns have been raised that cowboy installers will prey on worries homeowners and exploit the deadline by ramping up prices.

Findlay said: “The cost of living is rising rapidly yet the tin-eared SNP are ignoring the concerns of hard-pressed homeowners in Renfrewshire and pushing ahead.

“I agree with Scottish Fire & Rescue that people must have the best possible protection from fire, but this deadline is clearly not realistic.

“I know from speaking to an electrician friend that even sourcing these alarms is virtually impossible and has been for months.

“I listened to Shona Robison’s answer to this question in parliament this week and she suggested that supplies were improving. I’d love to know where they can be found.

“We are in this situation due to the SNP’s poor forward-planning and lack of outreach. I reckon many folk won’t even know about this new law. The SNP have already postponed the scheme once and should do so again.”

On Tuesday, we told how another West of Scotland MSP, Labour MSP Neil Bibby, publicly called for a delay to the new legislation.

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