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Cameron launches assault on red tape


Businesses, individuals and community organisations have been given a welcome boost after the Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to ‘rip up’ 21,000 rules and regulations.


Speaking ahead of the launch of the Red Tape Challenge website, David Cameron said the Government planned to reduce the volume of red tape and get rid of ‘ridiculous’ burdens.


The new website will give firms as well as members of the public a chance to have their say on regulations affecting their business or lives.


‘We need to tackle regulation with vigour, both to free businesses to compete and create jobs, and give people greater freedom and personal responsibility,’ said Cameron.


‘Of course we need proper standards, for example in areas like fire safety and food safety. So where regulation is well-designed and proportionate, it should stay.


‘But it is hard to believe that we need government regulations on issues such as ice cream van musical jingles. That's why I want us to be the first government in modern history to leave office having reduced the overall burden of regulation, rather than increasing it.’


The first five themes of the Red Tape challenge campaign will be:

·         Retail (Pilot phase open for four weeks beginning April 7);

·         Hospitality, food and drink (open for two weeks beginning May 5);

·         Road transportation (open for two weeks beginning May 19);

·         Fisheries, Marine enterprises and inland waterways (open for two weeks beginning June 2nd); and

·         Manufacturing (open for two weeks beginning June 16).


The campaign will also have six cross cutting themes that affect all businesses: employment law; pensions; company law; equalities; health and safety; and environment legislation.


Once online debate has closed, ministers will have three months to explain why a regulation was still required or it will be scrapped.


The campaign forms part of the Government’s wider strategy to tackle excessive regulation and thus give businesses the freedom to innovate and grow.