Labour’s policy to install sprinklers in all new build social housing is to be taken forward by the Scottish government.

Over the past year Labour MSP David Stewart has led a campaign for greater fire safety measures in Scottish social housing.

His proposed member’s bill would have required fire sprinkler systems to be installed into all new-build social housing across Scotland, as a method of tackling Scotland’s high rates of fire death and injury.

The plans have received overwhelming support, with 94% of the consultation responses in favour and over 50 MSPs, from across all five political parties, signed up in support of the Bill’s final proposal.

Today the Government announced that they would include the requirement for fire sprinklers in social housing as part of their response to the recommendations from the Building and Fire Safety Review Panels announced last week.

David 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.”