Fee for Intervention here to stay

An independent report has concluded that the Fee for Intervention (FFI) system, whereby the Health and Safety Executive levy a charge on transgressors for time spent dealing with material breaches of legal requirements, is fit for purpose.

Key findings are that FFI has proven effective in shifting the cost of regulation from the public purse to those who break the law; there is no viable alternative, given the Government’s budgetary constraints; the policy is being implemented fairly and consistently, and there is no evidence that HSE are misusing FFI to rake in extra revenue. The report also concluded that despite this new financial disincentive to break the law, there is no evidence that fewer contraventions are taking place.

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