Rogers Review of Local Authority Regulatory Priorities
The recommendations of the Rogers Review – to set the national enforcement
priorities for local regulatory services – have been accepted in full by
the Government on publication as part of the March 2007 budget.
The review team identified over 60 policy areas enforced by local
authorities; an initial sift identified 24 key policy areas for which more
detailed evidence was sought, focusing on risk and effectiveness. In
carrying out the review, the views of Government departments, local
authorities, citizens and business were considered.
Sets out five national priorities for local authority regulatory services
to assist them in prioritising their resources.
Makes seven recommendations on how the priorities should be taken forward
at national and local levels.
Publishes the evidence of the 24 policy areas considered of highest
priority to assist local authorities in service planning.
Five national priorities for local authority enforcement
Air quality (Air quality, including regulation of
pollution from factories and homes) – e.g., reducing air pollution.
Alcohol licensing (Alcohol, entertainment and late night
refreshment licensing and its enforcement) – e.g., protecting people from
the effects of the misuse of alcohol through licensing.
Hygiene of food businesses (Hygiene of businesses,
selling, distributing and manufacturing food and the safety and fitness
of food in the premises) – e.g., preventing food poisoning.
Improving health in the workplace
Fair trading (Trade description/ trade marking/
mis–description/ doorstep selling) – e.g., protecting the vulnerable from
scams and rogue traders.
Animal and public health (Animal and public health,
animal movements and identification) – this priority is time limited.
A clear set of priorities will help local authority regulatory services to
deliver high quality services to businesses and citizens, and demonstrate
the crucial role they play in their local communities.
Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO)
The review makes repeated recommendations in connection to the work of the
Local Better Regulation Office. The Better Regulation Executive will
publish a consultation document later in the spring which will set out in
detail proposals regarding the statutory powers and functions of the LBRO.
Rogers Review report