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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish Government is “open” to a review of safety regulations in student accommodation following a fire at a student accommodation block in England this past weekend. 

The commitment comes following a letter from NUS Scotland to the Scottish Government, asking them to take the lead in committing to a review of safety standards within student accommodation in Scotland. Students presidents across the country have signed a collective statement raising concern over the safety of students within halls, calling on the Scottish Government to “ensure that the homes of Scotland’s students are safe”

Responding in First Ministers Questions to Scottish Labour education spokesperson, Iain Gray MSP, asking the Scottish Government to commit to a review of safety regulations within student accommodation, the First Minister stated that there could be “no room for complacency”.

NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe said:

“We very much welcome the commitment from the Scottish Government that they are open to reviewing regulations within student accommodation in Scotland.

“We believe that there is a need for a review, led by the Scottish Government, to ensure that all student homes across the country meet the highest safety standards. There is no room for complacency when it comes to student safety.”

During First Minister’s Questions, Nicola Sturgeon stated:

“There is absolutely no room for complacency. The dreadful incident that happened last week is a further reminder that we cannot be complacent. If there is a feeling for further review of regulations, the Scottish Government is very open to doing that.”

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