European Directives which impact on SMEs

 

To create a Small Business European Task Force to ensure legislation which could impact on SMEs is effectively monitored and engaged with from the outset.

Why is this idea important?

 

To create a Small Business European Task Force to ensure legislation which could impact on SMEs is effectively monitored and engaged with from the outset.

ID Cards Bill 2010-2011

Stop this unnecesaary Bill. It allows much greater freedoms for easily travelling around Europe. Ministers are spending too much time on this bill with limited short term savings – lets looker at other areas. ID cards potentially could save more money in the future used porperly – allowing easier processing at airports and other borders – rather than having to stand in long queues to get back into your own country (that I do regard as against my freedom: being couped up in a long queue in  high temperatue so an old fashioned document can be looked at)

In addition Ministers seem to be using the time to take jokes of those of who alraedy have them – ie the comment by the Home Secretary that we will have a "souvenir" –

Why is this idea important?

Stop this unnecesaary Bill. It allows much greater freedoms for easily travelling around Europe. Ministers are spending too much time on this bill with limited short term savings – lets looker at other areas. ID cards potentially could save more money in the future used porperly – allowing easier processing at airports and other borders – rather than having to stand in long queues to get back into your own country (that I do regard as against my freedom: being couped up in a long queue in  high temperatue so an old fashioned document can be looked at)

In addition Ministers seem to be using the time to take jokes of those of who alraedy have them – ie the comment by the Home Secretary that we will have a "souvenir" –

retrospective planning law

get rid retrospective planning law as it is is not needed.Everyone needs planning permission before starting on their project. There should be  more planning officers provided so that the time taken by them to give a reply to application is decreased.

Why is this idea important?

get rid retrospective planning law as it is is not needed.Everyone needs planning permission before starting on their project. There should be  more planning officers provided so that the time taken by them to give a reply to application is decreased.

Centralise Govenment Reports

In the past month our business has undergone two seperate health and saftey checks by seperate government bodies. One, to take on a work expirence candidate (for three days!), the other to resume apprentice training. Both took over an hour, and included exactly the same questions. My time was wasted, because the seperate government agencies were unable to talk to each other.

Why is this idea important?

In the past month our business has undergone two seperate health and saftey checks by seperate government bodies. One, to take on a work expirence candidate (for three days!), the other to resume apprentice training. Both took over an hour, and included exactly the same questions. My time was wasted, because the seperate government agencies were unable to talk to each other.

Health and Safety – Removal of the burden of risk assessment and recording of findings

There is a requirement in uk health and safety legislation to carry out a risk assessment for ALL activities and to record 'significant findings'.This regulation which is very specific adds little value to health and safety and has become a charter for consultants and 'elf and safety' jokes and incredibly costly to implement while in itself adding little value to improving safety and health. The law which protects people is the general duty of care to employees or members of the public within the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Removal of the requirement to carry out risk assessment and record the findings would remove a large burden from all businesses. This would not lower health and safety standards as other specific regulations will still apply to higher risk activities e.g work at height ,machinery safety,pressure systems etc.

Savings on the cost of consultants would be significant.

Why is this idea important?

There is a requirement in uk health and safety legislation to carry out a risk assessment for ALL activities and to record 'significant findings'.This regulation which is very specific adds little value to health and safety and has become a charter for consultants and 'elf and safety' jokes and incredibly costly to implement while in itself adding little value to improving safety and health. The law which protects people is the general duty of care to employees or members of the public within the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Removal of the requirement to carry out risk assessment and record the findings would remove a large burden from all businesses. This would not lower health and safety standards as other specific regulations will still apply to higher risk activities e.g work at height ,machinery safety,pressure systems etc.

Savings on the cost of consultants would be significant.

Do not translate official documents into other languages

Do not translate any official documents into languages other than English.

We are trying to have an integrated society so we need a common means of communication and that is the English language.

All translation should be performed by the voluntary sector.

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Do not translate any official documents into languages other than English.

We are trying to have an integrated society so we need a common means of communication and that is the English language.

All translation should be performed by the voluntary sector.

“Fit and Proper” register for bookeeping services

As a firm that is not regulated by a proffesional body we were required to register with the government for fit and proper persons status. This required us answering questions like " have you been convicted of a terrorist act". We duly paid over our fee not only for each individual within the firm but also an annual fee that allows us to trade as accountants, bookkeepers and payroll agents. This was supposed to put a stop to money-laundering and terrorist activities. I believe it is the law that anyone who is not affiliated with a proffesional body has to register as fit and proper if they deal in any way with accounts, bookkeeping and or payroll or they are not allowed to trade under penalty of fines etc. We are aware that there are many bookeepers etc out there who are not registered with the government and possibly never will be, I think mainly because they are not aware of the law. As a firm that is registered with HMRC as accountants why did we need to register with another government department? Surely not another government money raising excercise! Scrap this law and fee. If a bookeepers works only a couple of hours a week, they have the choice of not registering or not bothering to do those few hours through cost of the registration fee. If like us it is a proffession, let us get on with it and let HMRC decide whether we are doing our jobs properly. If a money launderer or terrorist is in this trade do you think he will actually register?

Why is this idea important?

As a firm that is not regulated by a proffesional body we were required to register with the government for fit and proper persons status. This required us answering questions like " have you been convicted of a terrorist act". We duly paid over our fee not only for each individual within the firm but also an annual fee that allows us to trade as accountants, bookkeepers and payroll agents. This was supposed to put a stop to money-laundering and terrorist activities. I believe it is the law that anyone who is not affiliated with a proffesional body has to register as fit and proper if they deal in any way with accounts, bookkeeping and or payroll or they are not allowed to trade under penalty of fines etc. We are aware that there are many bookeepers etc out there who are not registered with the government and possibly never will be, I think mainly because they are not aware of the law. As a firm that is registered with HMRC as accountants why did we need to register with another government department? Surely not another government money raising excercise! Scrap this law and fee. If a bookeepers works only a couple of hours a week, they have the choice of not registering or not bothering to do those few hours through cost of the registration fee. If like us it is a proffession, let us get on with it and let HMRC decide whether we are doing our jobs properly. If a money launderer or terrorist is in this trade do you think he will actually register?

Repeal the Regulation that Ofsted supervises childminding.

Go back to the previous situation where the county council social services carried out an annual check or inspection of childminders. This worked very well all the time it was in operation.

Why is this idea important?

Go back to the previous situation where the county council social services carried out an annual check or inspection of childminders. This worked very well all the time it was in operation.

Scrap or limit maternity/paternity pay and leave for small businesses and public sector

Getting pregnant is a choice

Why should taxpayers (for public sector) or emplyers be forced to pay you for making that choice?

I would like to employ some people for my fledgling business, but frankly I can't run the risk of employing someone under 40 because of the increasing chance that after six months, they or tehir partner will get pregnant, and demand six months pay from me for no work

I can't afford it

Why is this idea important?

Getting pregnant is a choice

Why should taxpayers (for public sector) or emplyers be forced to pay you for making that choice?

I would like to employ some people for my fledgling business, but frankly I can't run the risk of employing someone under 40 because of the increasing chance that after six months, they or tehir partner will get pregnant, and demand six months pay from me for no work

I can't afford it

Planning Laws.

Please repeal the "peripheral" nonsense surrounding Planning regulations. Not the Planning laws themselves, but the incidentals which make planning a Nightmare. eg.. Bat surveys,English Heritage right to intervene,Archealogical surveys. All may well be laudible, but "Common Sense" & Local determination could reduce the Red Tape Massively.

Why is this idea important?

Please repeal the "peripheral" nonsense surrounding Planning regulations. Not the Planning laws themselves, but the incidentals which make planning a Nightmare. eg.. Bat surveys,English Heritage right to intervene,Archealogical surveys. All may well be laudible, but "Common Sense" & Local determination could reduce the Red Tape Massively.

NERC legislation

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

Why is this idea important?

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

Money Laundering Rules

The current money laundering rules are ludicrous.  They make your bank manager, your accountant, your lawyer and anyone you used to deal with in trust and confidence a secret informer against you.  Someone only has to suspect you have done something wrong and if they don't secretly report you to the authorities they are in trouble.  These wide draconian laws which were meant for terrorism have eroded the fabric of civil society and torn up the trusting social consensus. 

Why is this idea important?

The current money laundering rules are ludicrous.  They make your bank manager, your accountant, your lawyer and anyone you used to deal with in trust and confidence a secret informer against you.  Someone only has to suspect you have done something wrong and if they don't secretly report you to the authorities they are in trouble.  These wide draconian laws which were meant for terrorism have eroded the fabric of civil society and torn up the trusting social consensus. 

Scrap Information Commissioner’s Office and Data Protection Registration

I run a small business and because I maintain customer records on a computer ( what business doesn't these days) I am forced to register for data protection with the Information Commissioners Office. Every year they charge my company £35 by direct debit and send me a letter confirming that I am registered for another 12 months.

This is a complete nonsense.

The Data Commissioners Offixce do not monitor my performance; they have no idea if i am complying with the regulations and their only purpose, as admitted to me by one of their staff, is to issue certificates and collect annual fees.

The whole department is probably costing £millions to run every year and adds no value. It should be closed, saving businesses time and money which could be invested in other things.

I also understand that Clubs , Societies and Associations also get caught up under this legislation and are forced to pay an annual fee.

By all means retain the Data Protection Act 1998 as it protects individuals having their personal details distributed to unscrupulous third parties, but scrap the need to register.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

I run a small business and because I maintain customer records on a computer ( what business doesn't these days) I am forced to register for data protection with the Information Commissioners Office. Every year they charge my company £35 by direct debit and send me a letter confirming that I am registered for another 12 months.

This is a complete nonsense.

The Data Commissioners Offixce do not monitor my performance; they have no idea if i am complying with the regulations and their only purpose, as admitted to me by one of their staff, is to issue certificates and collect annual fees.

The whole department is probably costing £millions to run every year and adds no value. It should be closed, saving businesses time and money which could be invested in other things.

I also understand that Clubs , Societies and Associations also get caught up under this legislation and are forced to pay an annual fee.

By all means retain the Data Protection Act 1998 as it protects individuals having their personal details distributed to unscrupulous third parties, but scrap the need to register.

 

 

Abolish the TV licence

I think it is time to abolish the TV licence. People should be allowed to choose what they wish to subscribe to & pay for ie Sky TV.

We should be allowed to choose if we want the BBC,not have it forced on us.

Why is this idea important?

I think it is time to abolish the TV licence. People should be allowed to choose what they wish to subscribe to & pay for ie Sky TV.

We should be allowed to choose if we want the BBC,not have it forced on us.

End IR35 immediately

IR35 was introduced to stop tax evasion and raise £300 million.  It did neither and just made it much more difficult for small business owners.  Many independent contractors have been caught up in expensive measures to demonstrate that they are not nor have any intention to be employees of the companies to whom they supply services.  They do not receive any of the benefits of being employees (holidays, sickness, benefits, pensions, training, expenses, etc,).

In addition, many badly worded confusing, often contradictory and regularly changed "questions" were put into PAYE and personal tax returns. 

Simply repeal IR35 and all references to service companies.  By all means make sure everyone pays the correct amount of tax, but  end this failed law.

Why is this idea important?

IR35 was introduced to stop tax evasion and raise £300 million.  It did neither and just made it much more difficult for small business owners.  Many independent contractors have been caught up in expensive measures to demonstrate that they are not nor have any intention to be employees of the companies to whom they supply services.  They do not receive any of the benefits of being employees (holidays, sickness, benefits, pensions, training, expenses, etc,).

In addition, many badly worded confusing, often contradictory and regularly changed "questions" were put into PAYE and personal tax returns. 

Simply repeal IR35 and all references to service companies.  By all means make sure everyone pays the correct amount of tax, but  end this failed law.

Kids and swimming

The government says kids can swim for free. Why, then, do they need passes? They lose these – and photo ID (yes – a passport!) has to be shown plus further form-filling to replace a lost pass. All this just to swim. All kids should be waved through into the swimming paths as they approach the turnstile. (Why do they need a piece of plastic to prove they are a child when it is obvious to see!) This would also save a lot of money on admin.

Why is this idea important?

The government says kids can swim for free. Why, then, do they need passes? They lose these – and photo ID (yes – a passport!) has to be shown plus further form-filling to replace a lost pass. All this just to swim. All kids should be waved through into the swimming paths as they approach the turnstile. (Why do they need a piece of plastic to prove they are a child when it is obvious to see!) This would also save a lot of money on admin.