1 July 2010
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will today issue a call to arms against pointless regulation and unnecessary bureaucracy, asking the public how they want the Government to redress the balance between the citizen and the state.
The Your Freedom website at www.hmg.gov.uk/yourfreedom [External website] is an opportunity for anyone to suggest ideas on restoring liberties that have been lost, repealing unnecessary laws and stripping away excessive regulation on businesses.
Speaking at the launch of Your Freedom in east London, Mr Clegg will say:
“What I find especially exciting about this project is that, now we have got the ball rolling, the debate is totally out of government’s control. Real democracy is unspun -it is the raucous, unscripted debates that always throw up the best ideas.
“So be demanding about your liberty, be insistent about your rights. This is about your freedom, and this is your chance to have your say.”
Your Freedom asks the public to consider three questions:
Once ideas have been submitted, users of the site will be able to comment and rate their favourite ideas. Relevant departments will respond to the most popular workable ideas, and the Deputy Prime Minister will give regular updates.
The aim is that the Government will roll back the unnecessary regulation that really matters to people. There will be a Freedom Bill in the autumn that will take into account the views expressed on Your Freedom, and departments will consider every suggestion.
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