3 Mar 2016 01:00pm

New measures to cut £10bn in red tape

The government will look into the "unnecessary burdens" placed on businesses by local authorities in a bid to deliver its plan to cut £10bn of red tape

Business secretary Sajid Javid told the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual conference today (3 March) the plan follows the government’s commitment to free firms from £10bn of “heavy-handed over-regulation” and “build a more productive Britain”.

Javid launched a new cutting red tape review, which will consider the regulatory barriers to growth and associated costs placed on businesses by local authorities. The review aims to save businesses and local authorities time and money.

It will look into burdens imposed by planning and building control, housing regulations, food safety, standards and hygiene, environmental protection and health and safety among others. However, it will not include fees and charges. The deadline for comments is 28 April.

Javid said, “Whenever we need to introduce new rules, we will consider their impact and make savings elsewhere.

“Through the Enterprise Bill, we are extending the scope of our deregulation target to cover the actions of regulators, going further than ever before to tackle troublesome red tape.”

The UK has currently the lowest burden of regulation in the G7 countries, according to the World Economic Forum, but businesses have been responding to the review programme identifying areas that need to be reformed.

The review has looked into anti money laundering, local authorities, house building and the care, energy and waste sectors.

ICAEW said last month that if the government wanted to get serious about helping businesses, it needed to face up to the burden companies faced in relation to tax administration and its knock-on effect in stifling economic growth.

Jessica Fino

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