HSE’s funding will be cut £100m over ten years
The HSE’s Business Plan for 2016/17 shows that the funding the executive receives from central government will be over £100 million less in 2019/20 than it was in 2009/10, bringing the total reduction since 2009/10 to 46%.
The plan, which sets out the HSE’s objectives for the coming year, details the money the HSE receives the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which is set to decrease each year throughout the current parliament. In 2019/20, the executive will receive £123.4 million, compared to the £231 million it received in 2009/10.
The report shows that in the current year, 2016/17, the HSE’s budget will be £141 million while income generated will stand at £94 million, including money from fees and licensing, including Fee for Intervention (FFI).
The business plan says: “In responding to this financial challenge, the HSE will seek to maintain current levels of its core regulatory activities including permissioning, inspection, investigation and enforcement.”
One way in which the HSE aims to make a “significant contribution” to government plans to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance by £10 billion by the end of the parliament, is by making simplifications to regulations governing the use of chemicals, namely the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations and the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations.
The Business plan also outlines what HSE aims to deliver in 2016/17. It says that HSE is committed to:
- leading and engaging those who undertake or influencing health and safety. Through guidance, raising awareness and leadership we will seek to change behaviour;
- ensuring the regulatory framework remains effective and that we are delivering the government’s regulatory reform agenda and Business Improvement Target;
- securing effective risk management and control through a variety of interventions with businesses. This includes permissioning and licensing activities, inspections, investigations of incidents and concerns raised by workers and others. It also means holding to account those who fail to meet their obligations to protect people from harm; and
- reducing the likelihood of low-frequency, high-impact catastrophic incidents and the potential for extensive harm to workers and the public.
HSE says its priorities for 2016/17 include work-related ill-health, communications with SMEs, refreshing and publishing its sector strategies and identifying and actively engaging with significant initiatives linking to the themes of ‘Helping Great Britain work well’ that are led by others.
The report also says that a priority for the coming year is developing a revised approach to creating and publishing guidance, ensuring it is proportionate, meets the needs of users and makes best use of digital channels.
The report is available here.