Company directors in Cambridgeshire
have welcomed the launch of a government initiative to reduce or
eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens as “a big step in the right
direction”. However, they want the reforms to be sustained and
extended to include complex rules that create obstacles to employing
Stephanie Smye, chairman of the
Eastern Branch of the Institute of Directors, said the government’s
newly published Regulatory Reform Action Plan contained an impressive
list of improvements.
“Although some of the announced
changes are individually small in scope or have been announced before,
this is an important first step and is something for which we have
campaigned in recent years,” she said. “The government has said it
is open to further ideas and we now need to see the commitment to
regulatory reform sustained.
“In particular, we need the next
round of reform to tackle the key area of labour market regulation. A
reduction in the regulatory burdens that actually make it difficult to
employ people would bring significant economic benefits to the UK.”
Miss Smye has often complained about
the volume of European Union and UK government red tape that diverts
business leaders from running their companies and often acts as a
deterrent to creating new employment.
The new Regulatory Reform Action Plan
commits the government to introduce legislation only where necessary
and to deregulate and simplify existing legislation wherever possible.
The plan brings together over 260
proposals for changes that will bring benefits in three specific
areas: businesses, charities and the voluntary sector; the wider
public sector, including local authorities and Non-Departmental Public
Bodies; and individual citizens.
A full copy of the Regulatory Reform
Action Plan is available at www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/regulation/actionplan