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Fire safety delays could leave firms uninsured

06 April 2006

Hospitality businesses could be left operating without valid insurance following delays in new fire safety legislation, industry experts have warned.

The new self-assessment accreditation system was due to replace local authority regulation on 1 April but this has now been pushed back until October.

It appears that some councils, including Hampshire, Lothian and Borders, have already stopped carrying out fire-checks on new buildings or extensions to existing premises, claiming it is no longer their responsibility.

A spokesman for the British Hospitality Association warned that without valid fire certificates, businesses could find their building insurance was invalid.

He added: "We must advise people not to build outside structures or conduct major refurbishments, as without planning permission and fire certificates, operators risk prejudicing a licensing application or losing their existing licences."

By Emily Manson

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