Health and Safety: All about the money

Pile of one pound coins

When news about health and safety ‘fees for intervention' broke in the mainstream media, the daggers were quickly drawn for the Health and Safety Executive, which has a public perception as killjoy-in-chief seemingly pervaded in perpetuity.

The HSE is facing 35% budget cuts, likely to amount to £80m a year, so the prospect of the regulator clawing back the shortfall through a new charging system has unsurprisingly met with negative headlines.

The HSE consultation documents on FFI reveal that the

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