We’re still bound by red tape, says Chamber chief

Andrew Denniff
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Government attempts to reduce red tape have yet to have any impact on South Yorkshire firms, according to Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber executive director Andrew Denniff, said: “Regulation affects all businesses every day. While some is necessary, an excess can add unnecessary burdens and hinder growth. It is crucial that the drive to reduce the regulatory burden is treated as importantly as all other aspects of economic policy.

“Businesses right across our region are yet to feel the real, positive changes promised by the Government’s deregulatory drive. Only practical and real reductions in the regulatory burden will give companies confidence and enable them to plan for future growth.”

Mr Denniff was responding to a new report by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) which accuses the Government of being inconsistent and lacking transparency when it comes to cutting red tape

The BCC says that during 2011, the Government made a serious commitment to reduce red tape for firms, but the systems and processes put in place to achieve this are still inconsistent and must be strengthened.

It says regulation can substantially affect businesses’ ability to grow, innovate and create employment. Only substantive reductions in regulatory burdens will make a genuine difference to British businesses.

Mr Denniff cites increases in the National Minimum Wage and the Agency Workers Directive as key examples of where the Government increased the burden and says the European Union is still generating regulatory proposals in areas such as employment and health and safety.