Local Better Regulation Office
In the Pre-Budget Report of December 2005, the Chancellor announced the
creation of a local better regulation office (LBRO).
The LBRO's clear central mission will be to reduce burdens on business
without compromising regulatory outcomes and working in partnership with
local authorities and their representative bodies, national regulators and
central government departments, to help drive up the quality of local
authority regulatory services.
On 28 November 2006, the Chancellor published Implementing Hampton: from
enforcement to compliance', detailing progress made on delivering the
Hampton agenda. The Cabinet Office is to take responsibility for helping
Local Authorities with the implementation of a consistent risk-based
approach at the local level.
On 29 November, the Government announced the appointment of Peter Rogers,
Chief Executive of Westminster City Council, to lead an independent review
of Local Authority Regulatory Priorities.
Taking forward the conclusions of the Rogers Review in Spring 2007, the
LBRO will work with national regulators to ensure a single coordinated set
of priorities for local authority regulatory services covering trading
standards and environmental health. It will secure improved consistency and
coordination for all businesses, particularly those that operate across
local authority boundaries, building on the Home Authority principle.