Vince Cable will today commit to reducing red-tape for small businesses as the Government prepares for next week’s Budget, the Financial Times reports.
In a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses today, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will say he is not extending workers’ rights to request training time outside work at companies employing fewer than 250 people.
He will also set out plans to remove rules that give parents of children up to the age of 17 the right to request flexible working arrangements, while reassuring start-up firms they will be exempt from new domestic regulation for three years.
In an interview with the FT, Cable (pictured) says: “We want flexible working. We want to do it in a way that doesn’t add to our vast amount of paperwork. That’s the central problem.”