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16 January 2008: The Prime Minister announces the establishment of the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council

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The Prime Minister has accepted the key elements of a report published today by the Better Regulation Commission and established the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council (RRAC) to oversee this programme. The Better Regulation Commission report “Public Risk – the Next Frontier for Better Regulation”, was produced in response to a request made by the Prime Minister to carry out further work on how policy-making can benefit from a fuller and more rounded consideration of public risk, initiated by the BRC's Risk Report (October 2006). The Better Regulation Commission will now be closed.

Announcement on changes to the structure of Government

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The Prime Minister has asked the BRC to carry out further work on how policy-making can benefit from a fuller and more rounded consideration of Public Risk. He has asked the BRC to build on their report "Risk, Responsibility and Regulation", to devise a structure and approach that ensures that this ambition is embedded in real policy action, even when facing pressures to react to events. He has asked that the BRC report back by the end of July.

Government Publishes Response to BRC Report: Regulating to mitigate climate change - a response to the stern review

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The Government has published its response to the BRC's report, accepting the seven tests for climate change which it will apply in future policy development. The Commission will continue to take an interest in emerging climate policy, and will revisit the recommendations of the report in the Autumn.

Appointment of three new members to the Better Regulation Commission

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On 16 May, Hilary Armstrong, Minister for the Cabinet Office, announced three new appointments to the Better Regulation Commission:

  • Phillip Cullum
  • Dr Tim Heymann
  • Donald Macrae

The three new members have added to the range of expertise and experience that is represented in the Commission.

Study of the EU regulatory agencies

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The Better Regulation Commission (BRC) has embarked on a study of the EU regulatory agencies. The study will consider the work of the agencies and their influence on the regulatory landscape.

Reducing Administrative Burdens in the European Union

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The Better Regulation Commission has published a joint paper with the Dutch Advisory Board on Administrative Burdens and the Nationaler Normenkontrollrat of Germany, supporting the European Commission's "Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burdens in the European Union". The three bodies provide independent advice on administrative burdens in their home countries. We welcome the European Commission's Action Programme, and have identified six priorities that would build on this body of work and help ensure that EU administrative burdens are kept to a minimum.

Regulating to mitigate climate change - a response to the Stern Review

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The independent Better Regulation Commission has published its review of the regulatory aspects of the Stern report and expresses concern that hasty and inappropriate action may be taken. The Commission sets seven challenges to climate change policy-makers and calls for Government to adopt these tests to guide policy in this important crucial area.

Annual Report 2006

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The Commission has published its annual report for 2006. The report summarises the Commission's work during the year, and highlights better regulation activity in the UK and the European Union.

Risk, Responsibility, Regulation: Whose Risk Is It Anyway?

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The government has published it's response to the Better Regulation Commission's report "Risk, responsibility and Regulation - Whose risk is it anyway?"

Now it is measured it must get done

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The Better Regulation Commission has published comments on each of the government simplification plans.

Office of the Third Sector response to Better Regulation Commission report

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The Office of the Third Sector has published the Government response to the Better Regulation Task Force report 'Better Regulation for Civil Society'.