The Queen’s speech leaves business ‘out in the cold’, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
David Frost, director general of the BCC, said there were no real Bills in the speech to make a difference to businesses.
“While it is important to strike a balance between family commitments and work, much of what we have heard is tipping the balance away from the wealth creators,” he said.
However, Frost welcomed the creation of a single equalities commission, and a drive to increase security for employees as well as in the communities that businesses work in.
He also lent the BCC”s support to corporate manslaughter legislation.
“Tackling gross negligence by organisations should be welcomed by all business groups,” Frost said. “This is a serious issue which has until now been a weak area of law. Companies should adopt a socially responsible approach to occupational health and safety.”