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HSE FFI scheme lost £6m last year, FOI data reveals

19 January 2017

Law firm Clyde & Co has discovered that the Health and Safety Executive lost £6m in the running of its fees for intervention (FFI) scheme for the 12 months up to March 2016.

This was discovered following data obtained under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

FFI receipts reached a total of £11.4m for the financial year ended March 2016, while the costs of running the scheme amounted to £17.4m.

The announcement of the discrepancy was made by Building magazine.

It also reported that a response from the HSE said the figure of invoices raised was £14.7m, as opposed to the £11.4m figure, but the magazine said "it was unclear" if this included money "actually collected".

Introduced in 2012, the FFI scheme sees HSE charge companies £124 per hour for an inspector after breaches in safety standards are found on their site.

The scheme was introduced following budget cuts of 35% introduced by the government at that time.

Further details obtained by Clyde & Co show that that FFI invoices of £35.6m have been issued, with just £26.3m collected, according to Building magazine.

The HSE had predicted the FFI would raise revenue of more than £43m a year before its launch.

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