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Help us tackle excessive red tape, says Government

Businesses have been invited to blow the whistle on regulations that are both excessive and inconsistent in an effort to reduce the compliance burden faced by many firms. The new drive, aimed at freeing enterprises from the shackles that administering the rules often imposes, is a result of feedback that the Government has received since launching its Red Tape Challenge.

The challenge asked firms to identify those rules where tick-box regulation, multiple inspections and contradictory advice are making it more difficult both to run their businesses and to develop and grow. Specifically, the Government now wants to hear about the way in which regulations are being enforced.

Mark Prisk, the Business Minister, said: “Inspections and enforcement are the most noticeable way in which business experiences regulation. The Red Tape Challenge has already highlighted a number of ways in which compliance problems are getting in the way of businesses, but we weren’t getting enough information on the problems. That’s why we’ve made this natural extension to the Red Tape Challenge.”

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