What powers does an inspector have to serve an improvement notice or prohibition notice?
Sections 18 to 26 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act set out the enforcement powers available to a Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) or local authority inspector (‘Inspector’). Sections 21 and 22 give an Inspector the authority to serve an improvement or prohibition notice (‘Notice’).
Why is a Covid inquiry taking place?
Since March 2020, there have been calls for an inquiry into the government response to the Covid pandemic. An inquiry could provide a forum for understanding what happened and why. This is, in part, to give closure to those affected (which unusually is almost all of us to some degree) while also providing recommendations to help prepare the UK for the next pandemic, an inevitability according to many experts in the scientific community.
In the case of R (on the application of Maughan) (Appellant) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire (Respondent)  UKSC 46, the Supreme Court found, by a majority of three to two, that all conclusions in coronial inquests, including unlawful killing and suicide, whether short form or narrative, are to be determined on the civil standard of proof i.e. ‘on the balance of probabilities’.