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MP backs plans to scrap ‘elf and safety


Tuesday 15th June 2010 (Andrew Griffiths)
MP backs plans to scrap ‘elf and safety

Burton and Uttoxeter MP, Andrew Griffiths, has backed plans announced by David Cameron to tear up a decade of health and safety rules that have been blamed for crippling business and stifling the British way of life.

The decision comes amid growing fury over potty rules that ban conkers in the playground or stop police trying to save people who are drowning. Thousands of school trips and events are also being cancelled due to excessive red tape and spiralling insurance costs.

The Prime Minister unveiled a wide ranging review of Labour’s safety laws as well as the country’s “compensation culture”, led by former Cabinet minister Lord Young.

Lord Young will undertake a Whitehall-wide review of the operation of health and safety laws and the growth of the compensation culture. We need a sensible new approach that makes clear these laws are intended to protect people, not overwhelm businesses with red tape. Lord Young also wants to curb the compensation culture which has lead to a surge in no-win no fee compensation claims. The NHS alone has paid out more than £8 billion in personal injury claims in the last 5 years.

Andrew said: “The rise of the compensation culture over the last ten years is a real concern. We need to reintroduce an element of common sense and focus the regulation where it is most needed.

“Too many businesses and charities in Uttoxeter tell me that these rules and regulations have now just gone over the top and they are preventing them from running their businesses. I am delighted that the new Government is tackling the kind of nonsense regulation that interferes in our daily lives. Health and safety is important but when you see rules that prevent children from playing conkers at school or prevent council tenants from putting welcome mats outside their front doors it has gone too far. We are just trying to put some common-sense back into health and safety.”

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