HSE Funding To Be Cut Further
On 21 March 2011 Chris Grayling MP (then the Minister for Employment) launched the government’s approach to reforming the health and safety system in Britain with Good Health and Safety, Good for Everyone. This included identifying the policy objective of shifting the cost of health and safety regulation from the public purse to businesses and organisations that contravene health and safety laws.
The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 came into force on 1 October 2012. They introduced a new regime for charging dutyholders known as fees for intervention (“FFI”). This allows HSE to charge £124 per hour for its work if the dutyholder is in the opinion of the inspector in material breach of health and safety legislation.
In 2009/10 before the Regulations were passed, HSE received from the government £231m. HSE’s business plan for 2016/17 shows that HSE will receive £140m in the current year which will reduce event further by 2019/20 to £123m, more than £100m ten years.
The business plan states:
“The Spending Review and Autumn Statement set out the government’s plans to ensure Great Britain’s long-term economic security. As part of that Spending Review, HSE like many other public bodies, will receive reduced government funding over the spending review period.”
HSE say that in responding to this financial challenge it will continue to maintain its core regulatory activities including permissioning, inspection, investigation and enforcement.