Red tape reduction: HMRC shortens enquiry times

One year in and the government’s 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 programme’s success is whether it delivers genuine and noticeable benefits for businesses”.

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When did it reduce?

markfd | | Permalink

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.

sad but true

AnonymousUser | | Permalink

"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 !