Prime Minister David Cameron is to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses through a raft of changes which he claims will save firms £850m a year.
In a speech to the Federation of Small Business today, Cameron said he is cutting “crazy and over-zealous” red tape by scrapping or amending 3,000 rules.
In a bonfire of regulations, Cameron will exempt one million self-employed people from health and safety rules.
Employees will no longer be able to sue their employer if they are insulted by customers, while rules on the use of ladders and no smoking signs are being relaxed.
Cameron will also slash rules for developers – saving an estimated £60m – by ending rules on minimum window sizes, the dimensions of rooms, the strength of front doors and arrangements toilets, lighting, telephone lines and disabled access.
In a package of measures, there will be £1.1bn in business rates relief, £100m of broadband vouchers to help businesses get online and up to £2,000 each in growth funding for 20,000 small businesses.
Speaking to the BBC today, Cameron said: “At the end of this parliament we will be the first Government in modern history to finish a parliament with less regulation in place than when we started.
“I know that doesn’t sound like a huge amount but when you think that Government after Government has just added gold-plated regulation. If you listen to small businesses, as I have been doing, then they say it is the red tape as much as taxes and other things that is holding them back.”
Since the coalition took office in May 2010, advisers have faced a new regulator in the FCA, the introduction of the RDR and rising regulatory fees.