How it Works

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Download a ‘Decision Map’ of the Red Tape Challenge process here, and see how the process works!

The site was designed to promote open discussion of how the aims of existing regulation can be fulfilled in the least burdensome way possible. We drew upon the experience and ideas of those who deal with regulation day-in, day-out by collecting online comments to help us cut red tape. The comment phase for each theme has now ended, and we are implementing a package of over 3,000 reforms to cut regulatory red tape.

The Red Tape Challenge put a ‘spotlight’ on different areas of regulation in turn. For each spotlight theme, there was a five week window during which anyone could submit their views on regulation. Our six cross-cutting themes were open for comment throughout the whole Red Tape Challenge crowd-sourcing process. Everyone could ‘join the debate’ on any of the live themes, and post their comments and thoughts on the regulation and rules that affect them. Sector champions (who act as a link between the sector and Government), also actively reviewed the comment pages – and responded to your comments to help facilitate debate and discussion.

Once comments were collected, your contributions were used by government as part of producing a set of proposals on regulatory reform. These proposals were reviewed by a Ministerial ‘Star Chamber’ with the presumption that all burdensome regulations will go unless Departments can justify why they are needed.

Departments then put their proposals to the Reducing Regulation Committee and sought policy clearance. Announcements of key proposals will continue to be published on this website, and the implementation of reforms by Departments is on-going.

This interactive campaign signifies a dramatic shift in the culture of Whitehall, as we work together collaboratively to turn the regulatory default on its head. Comments and submissions received after a spotlight has closed will still be considered by relevant Departments, as part of our longer-term commitment to regulatory reform.

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