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ACC ATTACKS FIRE SAFETY DEREGULATION PROPOSALS

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Deregulating fire safety legislation could put the lives of thousands of people at risk if the government presses a...
Deregulating fire safety legislation could put the lives of thousands of people at risk if the government presses ahead with proposals in a leaked Department of Trade and Industry report, says the Association of County Councils.

A confidential report by the construction task force for the DTI says the prime minister supports deregulating fire safety legislation by repealing the Fire Precautions Act. Chairman of the ACC fire and emergency planning committee Mick Warner condemned the proposals as 'utter madness'.

'It would appear the government is more concerned with making life easy for the construction industry than protecting the public,' he said. 'The proposals would risk the lives of thousands of people by removing regulations and taking responsibility for fire safety away from the fire service and giving it to the Department of the Environment.

'If the government goes ahead with these proposals, lives could be lost, standards lowered and industry could have to bear higher costs. There is no reason to put the public at risk in this way when the legislation that is in place is effective and saves lives.'
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