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Monday, 27 November, 2000, 05:58 GMT
Blair to cut business red tape
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Small companies are concerned about parental leave
The government plans to simplify regulations governing small businesses, the prime minister is to tell a meeting of entrepreneurs at Downing Street on Monday.

The announcement follows claims that businesses have had to deal with too much red tape.

The government has decided to simplify a host of rules on everything from licensing hours to fire safety in a bid to ease the burden on business.

It also hopes to discourage people from claiming unfair dismissal and taking companies to employment tribunals.

Parental leave

The Confederation of British Industry is expected to welcome the changes for which it has lobbied hard.

But Conservatives say that the government is already responsible for introducing a whole raft of red tape in the form of legislation covering everything from new rights for working parents to making it harder to sack people.

Small companies were particularly concerned about the impact of parental leave, which gives workers the right to take up to three months of unpaid leave to deal look after their children in emergencies.

Also, the Conservatives have made much of their commitment to freeing business from bureaucratic burdens, saying Labour has imposed regulations costing billions of pounds.

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19 Jul 99 | The Economy
Red tape stunting small firms
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The cost of red tape
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