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Conservatives vow to ease tax and regulation to aid small businesses

The Conservatives are pledging to ease the burden of tax and regulation as part of their small business manifesto, launched this week.

The pledge comes despite a call by the party for all retail financial products and services to be regulated by the FSA as part of its financial services manifesto.

The financial services document also commits a future Conservative Government to an independent review of the Financial Services and Markets Act and the FSA in 2004.

FSA rules would be submitted to a cost-benefit analysis and the FSA would be required to have its own deregulation unit.

The small business manifesto details how Labour has imposed £33.9bn of taxes on business since 1997, including £50m on life insurance companies, £480m from IR35, together with abolition of dividend tax credits.

The Tories would also introduce a committee of economic advisers to provide independent advice to Government.

Michael Philips proprietor Michael Both says: “Cost-benefit analysis of FSA rules is an excellent idea.

“The concept of a single regulator is not a bad idea and not contradictory.”

Pretty Technical partner Kim North says: “This would move us closer to the American market. We are still waiting for N2 and then it will still take some time for the new regulator to settle in.

“Any review should not be for a year or so after. A single regulator is a good idea and would enable the same consumer protection across different products.”

The FSA was not available to comment on the proposals.


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