Backbenchers Support Freeze on Employment Law

Back-bench Conservative MPs surveyed by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) believe that the Government needs to do more to help small businesses, particularly in terms of lessening the burden of red tape.

Ahead of this month’s Comprehensive Spending Review, the business group’s survey also found that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor should be helping to support British exports and international trade.The survey found that:

    • 88% of Conservative MPs surveyed agree with the statement that a short-term freeze on new employment regulations would aid job creation and economic recovery
    • 87% believe the balance of employment law has shifted too far towards the employee, to the detriment of the employer
    • 83% agree that there should be a limit to the number of employment law changes happening at one time
    • 93% of believe exports and trade promotion should be a high priority for Government
    • 61% believed that the Government needed to boost – not cut – resources to support British companies in exporting more goods and services

Furthermore 71% of those MPs surveyed believe that, in the Government’s austerity drive, infrastructure should be subject to less cuts than other departments (44%), no cuts at all (24%) or that spending on infrastructure should be boosted (4%)

David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The BCC has been clear that a sustainable recovery depends on support for exporting companies, continuing investment in our creaking infrastructure, and a fundamental re-evaluation of the regulatory burden businesses face.

“It is encouraging to note that large majorities of the MPs attending Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week share businesses’ concerns about the need to nurture exports and avoid large amounts of new employment regulation in the months ahead.

“While business is under no illusion about the depth of the cuts required to improve our public finances and economic confidence, our message to Cameron and Osborne is clear: invest in economy-boosting exports and infrastructure, even if it means less spending on political priorities like health and overseas aid.”

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