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Better Regulation

The Better Regulation Executive (BRE) is part of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and leads this regulatory reform agenda across government.

Four business people in a meeting

Working with and through others, our aims are:

  • to work with departments to improve the design of new regulations and how they are communicated;
  • to work with departments and regulators to simplify and modernise existing regulations; and
  • to work with regulators (including local authorities) and departments to change attitudes and approaches to regulation to become more risk-based.

Significant progress has been made across all these areas. The Government’s ambitious and wide-ranging regulatory reform agenda is one of the most respected programmes in the world, which has been confirmed by a number of international surveys.

The five principles of good regulation

A key part of the BRE’s work has been to determine five key principles of regulation, which are now a cornerstone of the better regulation strategy and implementation. These state that any regulation should be:

  • transparent
  • accountable
  • proportionate
  • consistent
  • targeted – only at cases where action is needed

Do you have an idea on how to improve regulation? Visit our better regulation website and tell us how we can make a difference.