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Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued by (a) her Department and (b) the Housing Corporation to (i) social landlords and (ii) local authorities on the use of carbon monoxide alarms in (A) residential care, (B) sheltered housing and (C) social housing in the last five years. (198651)

There has been no guidance specifically for targeted towards social landlords relating to the use of carbon monoxide alarms. However, in 2006 the Housing Health and Safety Rating System came into force for all housing, including social housing. The guidance associated with this system contains advice on the use of carbon monoxide alarms.

The Housing Corporation regulates by means of the regulatory code which sets out the fundamental obligations on Housing Associations in meeting the Corporation's regulatory requirements. Under the code, housing associations are required to comply with the law, and to ensure that “the homes their residents live in are well maintained and in a lettable condition”. The issue of detailed guidance on maintenance or health and safety issues does not form part of the Corporation's duties. The Corporation would however, expect associations to adopt and follow best practice issued by the relevant agencies, e.g. the Health and Safety Executive.