Cross-Party Revolt May Save Working at Height Laws

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In a surprising turn of events, the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, which would repeal around 4,000 laws, including the Work at Height Regulations, may be halted. 

The Guardian newspaper has reported that threats of a cross-party revolt have led to the government delaying the bill. 

The controversial bill, sponsored by Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, has completed its committee stage in Parliament and is awaiting further scrutiny in the House of Lords. However, media reports suggest a cross-party revolt has resulted in the government delaying the bill, possibly indefinitely, until after local elections on 4 May.

As recently reported, The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height met in March, expressing concern over the possible removal of the 2005 Working at Height Regulations and other health and safety laws.

AIF Chair Peter Bennett OBE commented on the recent developments, stating, “If that is the case, it will represent a triumph for common sense and will be gladly welcomed throughout UK industry, amongst employers and workforce alike.” 

However, Bennett urged the Secretary of State to clarify the government’s intentions without delay.