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Reactions to Beecroft Report - May 2012

The controversial report on employment reforms, written by Adrian Beecroft, a venture capitalist and Conservative Party Donor was published earlier this week following leaks published in the Daily Telegraph. As expected the report, commissioned by David Cameron, has been met with strong reactions from politicians, recruitment industry bodies, employers and workers.

David Cameron:
"The Beecroft report, which I commissioned, had a number of excellent ideas that we are taking forward." (source The Independent) 

Nick Clegg:
"I don't support them [the Beecroft plans] and I never have, for the simple reason that I have not seen any evidence yet that creating industrial scale insecurity amongst millions of workers is a way of securing new jobs," (source Telegraph) 

Vince Cable Business Secretary
Described the proposals making it easier for firms to sack under-performing staff as "the wrong approach". (source various) 

Ed Miliband
Told MPs the report suggested "some people will be dismissed simply because their employer doesn't like them" but that was a "price worth paying" (source The Independent) 

Spokeswoman for the Prime Minister:
The government wanted to "support business, encourage growth, while at the same time ensuring that employees rights to work were not weakened". (source BBC)

Conservative MP Damian Collins:
"It would be terrible if smaller businesses were holding back on recruiting because they're worried about whether they can sustain the income they need to keep those people on over the longer period of time." (source various)

Director of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall:
"Of course employment rights are important, but should be weighed against opportunities for the unemployed who are looking for work." (source BBC News)

Kevin Green, CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC):
"Rules that could have an impact on many thousands of employers, recruitment agencies and workers need to be considered in a serious meticulous fashion - not as fodder for a political slanging match." (source REC)

Tom Hadley, REC Director of Policy and Professional Services:
"Building business confidence to take on new staff is key to the economic recovery, especially for SMEs, but any changes must be carefully scoped to achieve the right balance" (source REC)

7Driver (Reader's Comment on BBC News)
"As a small employer I can tell you that employment law as it stands is definitely putting us off hiring right now.These changes (no fault dismissal in particular) would definitely make me more likely to hire another person or two."

@mattrtinsley (Twitter)
The debate around Beecroft is weak. All evidence from both sides is anecdotal, none sight proper research into effect of looser regulation

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