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Kamala Mackinnon, Campaigns Adviser

05 Apr 2012

Changes are also being made to the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences (RIDDDOR) in the workplace – employers will now have to report an incident if their employee is unable to work for seven days in a row rather than three.

More generally, this commencement date will see £4.17 million of business costs being removed since January – something the government deserves recognition for. Yet although the costs faced by businesses have been reduced, the government has not gone far enough in terms of real deregulation. Firms on the ground are still telling us that the burden of unnecessary and costly red tape is not decreasing. Indeed, there is still a long way to go if ministers are to honour their pledge to be the first administration to leave office having significantly reduced regulation.

The regulatory process must be made more robust and transparent, with the volume of proposals deemed out of scope through the One-in, One-out system of new regulations being reduced. Furthermore, the recommendations made by the Regulatory Policy Committee should be published so the government can be held to account for their promises to reduce red tape. This will also help to prevent any single Minister or department from creating burdensome and costly new red tape that prevents business from growing and innovating.