As part of the Spending Review 2020 process, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was provided with an additional £14m for financial year 2021/22, to continue to support the government in its national response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. This funding is in addition to HSE’s regular government funding to deliver its wide-ranging regulatory functions.
The additional funding has enabled HSE to increase the resource supporting the Working Safely Advice line for businesses and workers, undertake a proactive Spot Check programme and ongoing Spot Check collaboration with local authorities. During April to June 2021, there have been more than 88,000 Covid-19 compliance spot checks.
HSE is funded to deliver its wide-ranging regulatory functions and continues to redirect resource, when required, to ensure transmission of coronavirus is reduced in the workplace.