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Better Regulation

The Better Regulation Executive (BRE) is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) 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 cornerstone of the better regulation strategy and implementation, and key to BRE's work, is the five principles of good regulation. The principles 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.

Read our annual review 'Making it simple' to find out more about all the steps that Government is taking to improve the way we regulate, and how these coordinated steps are making life simpler for businesses, the public sector and charities.