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Rural business to build red tape dossier
Thursday 5 September

Rural business owners, farmers and landowners are being asked to collect evidence on the one affliction that no-one in the countryside has yet to cure - the mountain of red tape which threatens to bury them every working day.

Food scandals and daft EU schemes come and go but the bureaucracy goes on forever - one of many reasons why farmers are quitting the land in ever-growing numbers.

Today, the Country Landowners and Business Association in the North West is appealing for farmers and landowners to come forward with examples of ludicrous red rape to help build of dossier which will eventually be presented to the Government along with the plea: "Give us a break."

North west Regional Director Douglas Chalmers said; "We know that rural business, and agriculture in particular, is being strangled by red tape to the point where many farmers and business owners think they should just give up. Never have I heard so many people say that they 'can't carry on like this'.

"We all accept there has to be some administration, but the situation has got out of control. It seems that every day new legislation is introduced that puts a greater burden on rural business. More forms to fill in, more rules to comply with, and this all takes time. And we seem to suffer far more than our competitors in Europe."

Anyone attending the Westmorland Show at Crooklands next Thursday (September 12) is asked to call at the CLA stands (No C52) to hand over evidence.

Names may be withheld if requested, but the CLA stresses that the more attributable examples collected, the more impact it will have when it presents its case to the Government.

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