Pubs, restaurants and hotels to be made exempt from health and safety inspections

By Emma Eversham

- Last updated on GMT

Health and safety inspections will no longer be carried out on 'low-risk' companies such as restaurants, hotels and pubs as part of plans to cut red tape
Health and safety inspections will no longer be carried out on 'low-risk' companies such as restaurants, hotels and pubs as part of plans to cut red tape
Pubs and clubs were among the firms listed as those who could be exempt from health and safety inspections in the future as part of plans by the Government to ease the burden of red tape on small businesses. 

From April 2013, businesses will only face health and safety inspections if they are operating in high risk industries such as construction, or if they have had an incident or a track record of poor performance. 

The move, announced yesterday by Business Secretary Vince Cable and the new Business Minister Michael Fallon, is part of plans to scrap or reduce more than 3,000 regulations surrounding business to help cut red tape and boost growth. 

Cable said: "In these tough times, businesses need to focus all their energies on creating jobs and growth, not being tied up in unnecessary red tape. I've listened to those concerns and we're determined to put common sense back into areas like health and safety, which will reduce costs and fear of burdensome inspections."

'Bureaucratic burdens'

Responding to the news, the Forum of Private Business said it welcomed the news 'in principle'. 

“I hope that this latest scheme will actually reduce the bureaucratic burdens to running a business and not simply be more hot air while small business owners are left to foot the bill,” said the Forum’s senior policy adviser, Alex Jackman. 

“If it brings about a true risk-based culture to workplace health and safety law, and removes the less common sense elements that currently face business owners every day, then it is very welcome indeed."

In January, the British Hospitality Association submitted a report of recommendations to former Tourism Minister John Penrose​ on cutting red tape and easing the legislative burden on hospitality businesses, one of which was to minimise the cost and length of health and safety risk assessments. 

Penrose, who stood down from his position last week​, later revealed the proposals, which include amendments to Visa controls, would be discussed in a cross-Whitehall 'Star Chamber'​. 

Last week, David Cameron announced that one of the proposals, to relax planning laws​, had been granted with businesses able to extend their sites by 1,076 sq ft without applying for planning permission. 

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Another amazing anti climax

Posted by Dave Slade,

Cut red tape to stimulate growth? Total Rubbish. This would do nothing for us (a pub and 13 room hotel). The only way you could save is to let standards suffer! We still have to hygienically serve food and nothing will change there!

Then we have a relaxation of the planning laws - wow what a coup! Maybe if we had some money or the banks would lend, that might actually help!

If you want to stimulate growth Mr Cable Cut VAT to the bone. We are one of the only industry sectors that charge VAT on EVERYTHING but can claim very little back! Oh, and cut the beer tax too! Just get into the real world - you and the coalition are nowhere near it yet!

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