Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech, setting out the legislative agenda for the final session of Parliament before the General Election, the ALMR welcomed the confirmation that a Small Business, Enterprise and Employment bill would be included, but warned Government not to give with one hand only to take with the other. The Bill will introduce additional protections for small businesses, particularly pubs and would also introduce regulation on the use of zero-hours contracts
ALMR Strategic Affairs Director, Kate Nicholls said: “The Government pledges once again to tackle red tape and measures to force Departments to go further and faster in this area are welcome. Despite the Hospitality Red Tape Challenge, we still have not seen a significant reduction in the level of red tape being faced by operators on the ground. Few if any of the detailed proposals submitted by the industry have been taken forward. The Government can do much more to tackle legislative costs and bureaucracy in the sector and we hope that these measures go further in allowing businesses to invest and thrive.”
“At the same time, care needs to be taken not to increase employment costs. The Government is right to make its focus the tackling of abuse rather than use of contract and pay terms but we need to ensure that pub, clubs and restaurants still retain the flexibility to invest in their staff and drive growth.
“In the run-up to the General Election we hope that this Government can deliver on its much-publicised declaration of being ‘unashamedly pro-work and pro-business’.”