The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed comments by shadow trade secretary Tim Yeo that it would take 65 years to meet the red-tape targets set by the prime minister.
In February 2001, Tony Blair promised there would be 260 measures to reduce regulatory burden, but only six reform orders have come into force since the Regulatory Reform Act was passed in April 2001.
The ACS said that cost of regulation falls disproportionately hard on smaller businesses and highlighted the Working Families Tax Credit as expensive to administer.
Regulations are also time consuming, said the ACS, with the average c-store operator spending five days a month dealing with legislation surrounding employment law, taxation policy and premises controls alone.

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