Sentencing Council considers higher penalties

Draft guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council include potential increases in fines. The most serious health and safety offences could attract penalties of up to £10m whilst firms convicted of corporate manslaughter might end up with more than £20m to pay.

For each category, there are a number of steps to be taken into account. These include the size of the organisation, how far the offender had gone below the required standard, the true financial performance of the organisation, and how the size of the fine might affect innocent parties such as employees or beneficiaries of the organisation’s work..

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