Safety officials in York have criticised plans to make local businesses pay for poor inspections, saying charges would damage the city’s economic recovery.
Really? By putting unhygienic and unsafe takeaways and shops out of business?
Isn’t that what we want?
The Government is looking to change the law, so the Health and Safety Executive can recoup costs from businesses that seriously breach standards, and local councils are being asked if they too want to be able to charge.
So, why aren’t they jumping at the chance? I mean, this is a dream come true, isn’t it? Another way to charge us all (because who thinks the businesses won’t put up prices to cover the cost? Anyone?) for their oh-so-essential services?
But City of York Council is set to oppose the idea, saying penalising small businesses could damage York’s prosperity.
But it’s only going to be those that ‘seriously breach standards’, isn’t it? Just how many cockroach-infested, gas-cylinder-using takeaways does York have?!?
In a written report, the council’s food and safety unit manager, Sean Suckling, said most inspections of local businesses identified breaches, and said if the council followed Government charging guidelines, businesses could be made to pay £500 for a four-hour inspection.
Well, there are breaches, and then there are breaches. The sort of thing identified above, for instance.