FSB hits out over red tape

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Britain’s coalition government has been accused of going back on its commitment to slash red tape and increasing the regulatory burden on the country’s small businesses.

According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) changes to the law involving flexible working and parental leave will make things more complicated for business.

FSB regional chairman and Sheffield businessman Gordon Millward, said: “Freeing businesses from the shackles of regulation is meant to be a key Government commitment, yet only days after announcing the welcomed employment law review, a raft of new employment burdens were announced.

“It is precisely these types of regulations that will hinder, rather than help, small firms. For the Government’s commitment to cut regulation to have a meaningful impact, it is vital the Government shows it is listening. Proposing changes to parental leave and flexible working at such a difficult time will not encourage small business owners to grow and take on more staff.”