Breaking News – HSE Postpone Fee for Intervention Cost Recovery Scheme
Posted by Tracy Seward
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced there will be a significant delay to the start of its cost recovery scheme but has confirmed that it is still going ahead. The scheme, known as Fee for Intervention (FFI) aims to recover costs from those who break health and safety laws, for the time and effort that the HSE spends investigating, taking enforcement and putting matters right.
The HSE stress that law-abiding organisations will be free from costs and will not pay a penny.
Gordon MacDonald, HSE’s programme director, said: “The Government has agreed that it is right that those who break the law should pay their fair share of the costs to put things right – and not the public purse.
“The Government intends to proceed with the FFI scheme as recommended to ministers by HSE’s Board in December in response to the formal consultation that took place last summer.
“Discussions are still taking place on the technical details of the scheme, which we expect to conclude soon.”
He added that while FFI will not be introduced in April, it will be at the next available opportunity, which is likely to be October 2012.
For now, the HSE is taking advantage of the extra time to further work with businesses improving their understanding of the scheme and how it will affect them.
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