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Potential Industrial Action - Friday 6 October

Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is preparing for planned industrial action. This is for UNISON members employed by the council.

This is in relation to a pay dispute relating to the pay award for 2023/24. If the issue is not resolved, UNISON intend to take strike action on 6 October and commence an ongoing period of work to rule from Monday 9 October. 

If industrial action does go ahead, we will have to delay green bin and bulky waste collection services on Friday 6 October to allow us to prioritise collecting your household and recycling waste. Garden waste collections that were due on Friday 6 will be moved to Saturday 7 if the action is taken by UNISON.

Most of our services will be delivered as normal, and you can stay up to date with all the latest information about any disruption to services. 

Smoke alarms

Privately let residential properties are required by law to be fitted with a smoke alarm on each and every floor that contains a room used as living accommodation. Living accommodation includes living rooms and kitchens, as well as bathrooms and toilets. The Regulations do not state the type of alarm that should be fitted. It is recommended, however, that tamper-proof alarms with a 10-year battery life are installed.

Carbon monoxide alarms

Rooms that are used as living accommodation and contain solid fuel burning appliances are also required to be fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm. Solid fuel burning appliances include log and coal burning stoves and open fires. The Regulations do not require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in rooms containing oil and gas fired appliances, although it is good practice to do so.


Some types of properties are exempt from the requirement to fit alarms. Those exempt properties are listed in the Regulations.

Regular checks

Landlords of residential properties covered by the Regulations are required to check that fitted alarms are in working order at the start of any new tenancy.

The penalties for non-compliance with the requirement to provide and check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can be found in our Statement of Principles [PDF, 75Kb].