CBI has hit back at comments made by Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers
last week that the impact of red tape is being exaggerated by employers.
an EOC conference on the Government’s Work and Parents Green Paper, Byers said,
“Claims that red tape is costing business more than £10bn are simply wrong. The
majority of costs result from improved pay and conditions, not administrative
Cridland, the CBI’s deputy director-general, said, “Employers have largely
managed to absorb the cost of additional rights, but they are struggling to
cope with the often unnecessary administrative burden.
is quite wrong to underestimate the cost. Many firms have to divert resources
into administration and so lose business opportunities.”