Cameron: I Will Kill 'Albatross' of Health and Safety; PM Vows to 'Kill off the Health and Safety Albatross'

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Byline: ANDREW WOODCOCK

PRIME MINISTER David Cameron promised yesterday that his New Year's resolution was to "kill off the health and safety culture for good".

Mr Cameron said health and safety legislation had become an "albatross around the neck of British businesses", costing them billions of pounds a year and leaving entrepreneurs in fear of speculative claims.

He announced plans to cap the amount which can be earned by lawyers from small-value personal injury claims against employers and to reduce overall costs in cases funded by "no-win no-fee" deals.

And he revealed he has asked the Health and Safety Executive to bring forward to the end of 2012 its timetable for abolishing or consolidating up to half of all existing regulations.

The PM warned that 2012 was going to be a "difficult year" but insisted the Government would not simply "stand back", adding: "It's a year when the Government's going to roll up its sleeves and ask, 'What can we do to help business, to help consumers, to help our economy get moving and to help our economy provide jobs for young people?'" He said the Government was now >

"waging war against the "excessive health and safety culture that has

become an albatross around the neck of British businesses". "This coalition has a clear new year's resolution: to kill off the health and safety culture for good," he said. "I want 2012 to go down in history not just as Olympics year or Diamond Jubilee year, but the year we get a lot of this pointless time-wasting out of the British economy and British life once and for all." Moves to tackle the compensation culture form part of a general assault on red tape following the 2010 Young Report and last year's Lofstedt Report into how to minimise the burden of regulation. …