Friday, 22 June 2012

Childminders in Scotland to comply with Fire safety Legislation

The Scottish government is set to amend fire safety regulations to clarify the law for childminders in the country.

A public consultation recently revealed that many organisations within the childminding sector were unsure if they needed to comply with the fire safety aspects of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.

This prompted the government to move to change the definition of 'relevant premises' in the act to confirm that childminders' premises must abide by the regulations.

Minister for community safety and legal affairs Roseanna Cunningham claimed it is "vital" that every business in Scotland is aware of its fire safety duties.

She said: "The changes I am making to regulations within the act remove any doubt that fire safety obligations apply to childminders' premises.

"I am pleased that we have been able to clarify this important piece of legislation. I will take the necessary steps to amend the legislation shortly after the parliamentary summer recess."

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