Responding to David Cameron’s claim that he will “kill off the health and safety culture”, Tom Jones of Thompsons Solicitors said:

“Why does the government commission reports when they ignore the conclusions? All government published reports show that there is no compensation culture and yet the government keeps referring back to something that they know doesn’t exist.

“There is no evidence either from Lord Young’s report or the more recent one from Professor Loftstedt, who found that the UK’s health and safety laws were “broadly right”, that businesses are in a stranglehold of health and safety red tape.

“It is time the government stopped making policy on the basis of myth and anecdote in order to get a headline and to help their friends in the insurance industry to save millions.”