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According to David Cameron, the amount of red tape surrounding Health and Safety in the UK is strangling UK businesses, holding back growth. The prime minister declared that the UK “health and safety culture” will be stopped for good by the coalition government.

David Cameron wanted to prove that the main priority of the government is economic growth, and during his first appearance of the New Year he said that local authorities required encouragement to increase their effectiveness with UK businesses. The prime minister also admitted that the National Insurance holiday was a mistake, as it hadn’t been as successful as the government had hoped. He said:

“It was perhaps too complicated, it was too targeted at specific businesses in specific areas of the country and so it didn’t work as well as we hoped.”

However, in response to a survey conducted by ComRes on behalf of ITV News, Cameron said that he wouldn’t react to calls to slow down the spending cuts, and the austerity measures would continue. The results of the survey reveal that only 24 percent of the public supported the prime minister’s harsh stance on the cuts. His main announcement was in response to businesses who had moaned about health and safety regulations, which were excessive. Cameron said:

“One of the coalition’s New Year resolutions is this: kill off the health and safety culture for good. I want 2012 to go down in history not just as Olympics year or diamond jubilee year, but the year we banished a lot of this pointless time-wasting from the economy and British life once and for all.”

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