We received a frantic email from a client last week who was being threatened with £2,500 because, due to being busy running her business, she hadn’t completed an ….
Annual Business Survey
This is a survey conducted by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and contributes to the National Accounts.
The cynic in me reads that as ….
A survey conducted by a department of civil servants who have probably never run a business in their life and have no concept of the demands placed on a small business owner by the enormous red tape that they already have to undertake.
Apparently a fine of up to £2,500 can be levied under the provision of section 4 of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947.
1947 – it’s 2012 for goodness sake
Now I seem to remember Cameron promising to reduce red tape for businesses.
Can I be the only person in the country to think that the threat of being fined under a 1947 act of parliament for not completing a survey because you are running a business to earn a living is red tape that Cameron could get rid of in a moment?
I do wish this Government would get a blooming move on and cut some of this unnecessary and ridiculous red tape for small businesses – it’s not difficult!
Come on Cameron – show small businesses that you really do care about them for a change. Get rid of this fine threat NOW.
Needless to say – we helped the client complete the survey so there won’t be £2,500 coming the Government’s way from our client.
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