Feeds

UK claims millions saved by scrapping redundant regs

Issues redundant report on the redundant regulations

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The government claimed today that its red tape reduction drive is already saving UK businesses £800m a year.

The savings were detailed in a report which claimed the government is on the way to saving businesses and the third sector £3.5bn per year in admin costs by 2010.

It details ways the government is cutting the burden on businesses, including halving the number of health and safety forms they have to fill in, speeding planning consents, and releasing 60,000 firms from the obligation to appoint a company secretary. That last one apparently saves British businesses £450,000 a year – overall sadly, not each.

In fact, the government claims it has over 280 initiatives underway to tackle red tape, or as it puts it, one for every working day of the year. It doesn't seem to detect any irony in this bit of civil service fine detailing, or in the fact that it has produced a 44 page report on progress in cutting red tape and the overall administrative burden, detailing more regulations which have now been scrapped.

So far, the business community seems unimpressed by Whitehall's efforts to relieve executives' of their administrative burden.

Just last week the CBI said red tape, along with a creaking transport infrastructure, were the two biggest threats to business. Meanwhile, the Treasury's efforts to relieve the administrative burden associated with Capital Gains Tax - by scrapping taper relief and bringing in a flat rate – continue to rankle with entrepreneurs who will end up paying more tax when they cash in their businesses. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.