Growing inspection burden on small businesses

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Forty new statutes that allow government agencies to enter and inspect businesses have been added since 2000, bringing the total to over 340, says a report published this week by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Inspector at the Door 2005 - the third in a series of reports on this issue published by the FSB since 1985 - also identified the five most burdensome regulations for small businesses: employment legislation, data protection laws, health and safety legislation, environment and waste management controls.

'At a time when the Government is saying they want to lighten the load on small businesses, it is very disappointing to see that small firms face more inspections than ever before,' says Brian Prime, FSB spokesman on deregulation. 'The report's conclusions are crystal clear....

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