Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Better Regulation Task Force and the
Better Regulation Commission?
The Better Regulation Task Force was established in September 1997. It was
an independent body set up to advise Government on action to ensure that
regulation and its enforcement accord with the five Principles of Good
In March 2005, the Better Regulation Task Force published a report called
'Regulation - Less is More' which recommended a radical programme
of reform to deliver a net reduction in regulatory burdens. The Government
accepted the recommendations in full, including setting targets for
administrative burden reduction and introducing regulatory simplification
plans across government departments.
As part of the reform package to drive these changes through, the
Government announced in Budget 2005 that it would establish a Better
Regulation Commission (BRC) to provide independent advice to government
from business and other external stakeholders about new regulatory
proposals and about the Government's overall regulatory performance.
The Commission comes into being on 1 January 2006 .
The Commission will continue the challenge role carried out by the Better
Regulation Task Force, as well as take on these new responsibilities,
including vetting departmental plans for administrative burden reduction
Why did the Better Regulation Task Force change its name?
The Task Force became the Commission for the reasons described above and to
reflect that the organisation has been put onto a permanent footing. The
name change also underlines that the Commission will now take on additional
work, such as the independent scrutiny of departments' simplification
What is the difference between the Better Regulation Commission Members and
the Better Regulation Commission Secretariat?
Better Regulation Commission members are unpaid, voluntary members drawn
from senior levels of the private, public and voluntary sectors. They are
expected to give 2 days per month to Commission business but most give a
lot more. The Secretariat is the group of civil servants (currently 12
posts) attached to the Better Regulation Executive in the Cabinet Office
that supports the Commission members and works with them to deliver the
agreed work programme.
What is the difference between the Better Regulation Commission and the
Better Regulation Executive?
The Better Regulation Executive is a unit inside government, in the Cabinet
Office, whose role is to drive forward delivery of the Government's
commitments on better regulation. Further details are on the Better Regulation Executive
The Better Regulation Commission (formally a non-Departmental public body)
is an independent group of experts from the private, public and voluntary
sectors that sits outside government. It provides independent advice and
challenge to government on its management and delivery of better
regulation, as well as independent scrutiny of departments' plans for
The Better Regulation Commission works closely with the Better Regulation
Executive but is independent from it.
How do you recruit Commission members?
Better Regulation Commission members are recruited under fair and open
competition in line with the Code issued by the Office of the Commissioner
for Public Appointments. We look for people who can demonstrate expertise
in a particular regulatory area and a passion for reducing unnecessary
bureaucracy, together with practical ideas of how to do so. In each
recruitment round, we usually look for expertise in a particular regulatory
Any vacant posts are advertised on our website; alongside a person
specification which will explain the particular regulatory expertise the
Commission is looking for at that time. Details of any current vacancies
are also published on the Cabinet Office website.
For information on our current members, please see our members' page.
What is the Better Regulation Commission Publications Scheme?
You can find out more about the Commission's Publications Scheme on the