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Actions for better local regulatory enforcement

30 November 2006

A new front in the Government's drive to make regulation simpler, more effective and better value for money has opened. The Better Regulation Executive in the Cabinet Office will deliver a number of actions, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which will have a significant impact on how local authorities enforce regulation. Eighty percent of inspections are carried out by local authorities. These important next steps will support them in providing a better service for businesses and consumers.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Hilary Armstrong MP, said:

'Better regulation in central government will save business £billions, but it is local government that can make the biggest difference on the ground. Everyday, they make the decisions that directly affect how people live and do business. Our aim is to work with local authorities to give them the flexibility to apply regulation appropriately for individual cases. This means a lighter touch for those who abide by the law while getting tough on the rogues.'

Local authority regulatory services are key to the successful delivery of the Hampton agenda. To help them implement a more consistent risk-based approach at local level:

Cabinet Office Press Office, Press Officer: Stephen Coomber

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Notes to Editors

  1. The Better Regulation Executive in the Cabinet Office works across government to reduce and remove unnecessary regulation for the public, private and voluntary sectors. Further information is available on the BRE website.
  2. The Hampton review on regulatory inspection and enforcement set out five principles of better regulation: Further information is available on the HM Treasury website.
  3. The Treasury announced a number of Better Regulation actions on 28 November 2006. Further information is available on the HM Treasury website.
  4. The Rogers Review. More information can be found on the Review on the Reviewing Regulation pages.