Government shows poverty of ambition in Queen's Speech, says IoD
8 May 2013
Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:
“The Government has lost its last chance to introduce legislation to unleash business before the next election. The National Insurance cut announced at the Budget will reduce the cost of employing staff for small businesses and the flat-rate state pension will benefit modest earners, but the Deregulation Bill is a missed opportunity. It does little to cut back red tape for employers and nothing to tackle the problem of ‘gold-plated’ EU regulation.”
Before the Queen’s Speech, the IoD called for much more extensive deregulation to boost business and the economy.
On individual areas of the Queen’s speech
The Chancellor announced at the Budget that from 2014 employers would not have to pay the first £2,000 of employers’ National Insurance contributions. In a recent survey of IoD members, over 70% said the move was positive for their business, with a third saying it would encourage them to hire new staff. The Policy Voice poll of 1,135 IoD members ran from Monday 26th March until Friday 5th April 2013.
The flat-rate state pension:
The IoD has long argued for a flat-rate state pension to reduce complexity in the system and give modest earners the incentive to save for their retirement. However, it seems that the Government may intend to provide a lower state pension for workers who contracted out of the state second pension. While it is true that these people paid lower National Insurance contributions, they also took their pension liabilities off the Government balance sheet and bore the investment risk themselves.
Decisions on the biggest rail investment ever in the UK must be coordinated with decisions on airport capacity, not taken separately. If Heathrow is to remain the UK’s main hub airport, HS2 must run directly through it. High speed rail will rightly connect Birmingham and Manchester airports - it should run through our biggest airport as well.
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Notes to editors
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