UK firms to benefit from bureaucracy cull

Small businesses in the UK could gain from plans to reduce excessive levels of red tape, based on recommendations in a new health and safety paper.

Lord Young's report, entitled "Common Sense, Common Safety", says that small businesses will find their regulatory burden made as "small as possible".

As well as removing legislation from the workplace, health and safety experts will have to show professional qualifications.

The UK could become more competitive if the recommendations are pushed through.

Chris Grayling, secretary for the Department for Work and Pensions, commented: "By reducing unnecessary red tape we can encourage businesses to come and invest in the UK, creating jobs and opportunities when we need them most."

Last week, business secretary Mark Prisk highlighted the role of the European Commission in making legislation easier to manage in the first place.

He said that there was the Commission should look into either introducing "smarter regulation" or simply using alternatives to regulations in order to introduce goals.

Posted by Christopher Evans

Published on: October 18, 2010

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