Responding to government consultation on measures to improve safety in houses in multiple occupation, instigated after a series of fatal fires last year, The ALG, in line with the vast majority of respondents, says that only a compulsory national scheme would work.
Geraint Davies, deputy chair of the ALG's housing committee, said:
'The government claims to have rejected this on the grounds of excessive cost and bureaucracy. In fact, such schemes can be self-financing if a modest fee is charged. The government's decision ignores the human costs of the failure to act to maintain standards.'
'The government must think again and introduce a mandatory licensing scheme as quickly as possible.'