Redundant health and safety rules thwart growth, minister warns
There is a straightforward choice between cutting unnecessary health and safety regulations or losing jobs to other countries, Employment minister Chris Grayling said yesterday (2 May).
Addressing business leaders at the Enterprise Forum in London, the minister spoke about the Government’s progress in reforming the UK’s health and safety regime during a round-table discussion about the Löfstedt report.
His comments coincided with the publication of revised guidance from the HSE, which underlines that many office-based businesses do not need to carry out tests on electrical portable appliances, such as table lamps and computers, as frequently as they might believe.
Outlining the “simple and straightforward choice” the UK is facing, Mr Grayling said: “If we want people to have jobs, we have to recognise just how different and competitive the world has become. And that means we have to change in response. We need lower taxes and less red tape for business, or jobs will go elsewhere.€
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