11th April 2014

Defra: cutting green tape will save businesses £1.5bn

Reforms to environmental legislation could save businesses up to £300m a year, according to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.

Government plans published yesterday outline 336 regulatory reforms covering agricultural, water and marine regulation, as well as environmental standards, as part of the government's Red Tape Challenge to remove "unnecessary regulatory burden" on companies while ensuring UK standards are maintained.