The government has revealed plans to scrap or simplify more than 60 regulations that apply to the hospitality industry and free it from a series of “over-burdensome” or unnecessary rules.
This move follows the Government’s Red Tape Challenge for the sector, which resulted in nearly 600 comments about problems caused by bureaucracy.
Proposals announced today include:
- simplifying licensing application forms
- scrapping regulations on the location and design of no smoking signs
- tackling excess charges for inspection of private water supplies through increased transparency.
Tourism Minister John Penrose said: “Rules and regulations grow like bindweed through industry and business, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Hospitality, Food and Drink sectors.
“Wading through bumph, filling in pointless and repetitive forms is a spirit-sapping experience which too often chokes off enterprise and endeavour.”
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