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The announcement, which came in the association’s latest newsletter to members, warns of the likely negative impact of the Bill but accepts that now it has been adopted by parliament it is important that the trade know how to adhere to its measures.

The three-point plan includes:

• seeking to help Kent members of the association to set up and operate the provisions of the Bill;
• keeping a watchful eye on other local authorities introducing their own versions of such local legislation;
• monitoring the working of the Kent Bill, because the Home Office is considering some form of future national legislation and is likely to use the Kent Bill as a benchmark.

In a further article on the increasing regulation of small business and the trade, LAPADA note that the average cost of compliance with the various rules that govern them has risen from £1700 in 1999 to £3600 in 2000, with even sole traders spending around £1000 a year implementing new legislation.