Red tape reduction: HMRC shortens enquiry times

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One year in and the governments Administrative Burdens Reduction Programme (the programme) has failed to make an impact on business, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). HMRC has been given the "opt out" of the main programme and but is engaging in some radical action to unravel its own tangle of red tape.

The NAO says that the real test of the programmes success is whether it delivers genuine and noticeable benefits for businesses. In fact, it found that many businesses felt that the time taken to comply with regulation had increased over the preceding 12 months and hardly any felt that it had reduced.

Various government departments claimed to have made reductions, but the NAO found that these, "were not calculated on a consistent basis and were subject to only limited...

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By markfd
22nd Oct 2008 19:05

When did it reduce?
I've only been in work since the 1980's but I can't recollect anything I would classify as a reduction of red tape.

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14th Oct 2008 10:39

sad but true
"it found that many businesses felt that the time taken to comply with regulation had increased over the preceding 12 months and hardly any felt that it had reduced". Unfortunately every survey ever finds this response, whatever the underlying facts - the sheer weight of bureaucracy means that everyone feels it is incresing even when it isn't !

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