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New business minister Michael Fallon has said the Government is taking steps to save businesses money, and free them from the burden of unnecessary health and safety regulation. He said:
"We are talking about low risk premises, like offices and shops, where you don't need the same annual regime of council officials coming in and ticking boxes"
Research carried out by YouGov for Zurich shows that 70% of 'senior decision makers' from Small or Medium Size Businesses (SME's) support today's announcement to cut red tape. Richard Coleman, Director of SME at Zurich Insurance said:
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka has been granted the opportunity to question Business Secretary Vince Cable on his plans to 'cut back on red tape' and reduce health and safety obligations for employers.
Mr Cable will be forced to appear in the Commons at 3:30pm this afternoon.
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has hit out at the Government's plans to cut health and safety legislation requirements for businesses. He said:
"We are not in a double dip-recession because of a failure to deregulate, we are in a double dip-recession because the government's failed economic plans have pushed us into this situation."
The Health and Safety Executive, the national independent watchdog for work-related health and safety, said it is already working with industry to make health and safety clearer for businesses, whilst maintaining minimum standards for workers. A spokesman said:
Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health hit back at the announcement that the Government was planning to cut back on "more than 3,000 regulations."
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Hundreds of thousands of businesses are to be exempted from health and safety inspections under moves announced by the Government today.