Construction businesses will face less regulations and legislation as the government plans to cut red tape in a bid to help the growth prospects of UK companies.
The reforms coming into force today are part of the government’s drive to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business. They respond directly to issues raised by business, including through the Red Tape Challenge, which invites firms to give their views on which regulations should be removed or improved.
Major reforms to reduce burdens on employers include freeing responsible employers from being held liable for workplace accidents and injuries where they have taken all reasonable steps to protect their employees.
Employers will also no longer be explicitly liable for third party harassment of staff, for example by customers or member of the public removing the requirement for the Health and Safety Executive to approve training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel simplifying company reporting requirements.
Business minister Michael Fallon said:”Each successive Freedom Day is helping give hard-pressed businesses the breathing space they need to grow and create jobs. For small firms, less time spent filling in forms means more time planning the next project, winning the next contract or looking for the next young recruit.
“Reducing government interference is improving Britain’s international reputation as a low-regulation, pro-business nation, but more must be done. To give our firms the best chance of winning on the global stage, we will press for more cuts in red tape in Europe, as well as at home.”
Local growth minister Mark Prisk said: “The government is setting business free from red tape to the tune of over £212 million a year so local traders can generate the kind of enterprise that is vital to our economic growth.
“We have already stripped back bureaucratic planning rules and tackled unpopular parking practices that reduced parking spaces and increased parking charges that hold back the high street.