Cameron Appoints Adviser on U.K. Safety Rules to Curb Legal Claims Abuse

Prime Minister David Cameron appointed David Young, a former U.K. minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government, to advise him on a revamp of health and safety rules to curb their abuse in legal claims.

“The rise of the compensation culture over the last 10 years is a real concern, as is the way health and safety rules are sometimes applied,” Cameron said today in a statement. “We need a sensible new approach that makes clear these laws are intended to protect people, not overwhelm businesses with red tape. I look forward to receiving Lord Young’s recommendations on how we can best achieve that.”

Young will advise Cameron in coming months on how safety legislation can be improved to prevent it from becoming an unnecessary burden on companies, Cameron’s Downing Street office said in the statement. Young became a cabinet minister in 1984 and left Thatcher’s government in 1989 when he was secretary of state for trade and industry.

“Health and safety regulation is essential in many industries but may well have been applied too generally and have become an unnecessary burden on firms, but also community organizations and public services,” Young said in the statement. “I hope my review will reintroduce an element of common sense and focus the regulation where it is most needed. We need a system that is proportionate and not bureaucratic.”

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