It is amending building regulations and, from October, new homes with solid fuel heating systems must be fitted with carbon monoxide alarms. The rule change was one of the campaign’s three demands. The aim was prompted by the death of shared owner Elouise Littlewood from carbon monoxide poisoning. The other two demands, including the creation of a national database for all UK tower blocks, have already been met.
The amendment is good news and will undoubtedly make homes safer. However, Inside Housing will continue to press for alarms to be installed in all new build homes with gas appliances.
But as the father of Ms Littlewood said this week the rule change does at least represent a ‘giant step forward’.