Cameron: Businesses say red tape 'holding them back'

Cutting thousands of pages of bureaucratic guidance will mean the Government becoming the first administration in modern history to have reduced red tape for businesses over the course of a parliament, David Cameron has claimed.

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Red tape cuts should save £850 million a year

The coalition is planning to scrap or amend more than 3,000 regulations from the "serious to the ridiculous", including rules that impose bigger windows on new buildings to allow for a "dirt factor" instead of assuming people will clean them.

  • Among the 80,000 documents of environmental guidance to be significantly cut back are:
  • 286 pages of regulations on hedgerow maintenance and
  • 380 pages on waste management
  • Around 100 housebuilding standards will also be slimmed down to fewer than 10
  • The changes will lead to savings of more than £850 million a year

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