EEF comments on Government's vow to cut red tape

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Commenting on the Government’s announcement today that it will cut a further £10 billion of red tape, Tim Thomas, Director of Employment and Skills Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, says: "Today's confirmation by the Secretary of State that the government will find £10 billion of savings in this Parliament from cutting red tape on business will receive a mixed reception from UK manufacturers.

 

“Whilst they will firmly support the ambition, many will be left wondering why the big ticket items - the National Living Wage and Apprenticeship Levy to name two - won't be counted towards the target. To make the target meaningful, and one that will make a noticeable difference to manufacturers, the better regulation net needs to be cast much wider than has been signalled.

 

“Carving out the main additional  business costs, that will bear down heavily on business in the near and medium term, will lead manufacturers to doubt the government’s commitment to genuinely reducing the cost and burden of business regulation."

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