Free businesses from red tape in 2013, BCC urges

Friday 4 January 2013

Government

Further reductions in red tape that hamper business growth are needed in 2013, according to a leading business group.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said the government has demonstrated "a clear commitment" to reducing the regulatory burden on business.

However, as it stands, EU regulations are exempt from the ‘one in, two out’ regulatory reform process.

And equally, some Whitehall departments still believe that it is their right and duty to continue to introduce new burdens and costs, the BCC stated.

"Businesses want to see meaningful deregulation," the organisation claimed.

It said the volume of bureaucracy hampering firms is still "far too high" and the government must continue to work to reduce burdensome red tape in 2013.

Ministers must do whatever is possible to combat regulation stemming from the bubble of Brussels and the European Parliament, which act as a barrier to growth for many firms.

The BCC said the planning system must be freed up at the national and local levels.

This means local people should not be able to stand in the way of important infrastructure projects, simply because they are set to go ahead on nearby land.

According to the BCC, 'not in my back yard' protesters still prevent far too many key business projects from getting off the ground.

Posted by Dan Smith