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Monday, 31 October 2011

Tell the government which rules to scrap in the Red Tape Challenge

  • Published: Monday, 25 July 2011

Many official rules could be removed as a result of the Red Tape Challenge, which aims to get rid of poorly designed or needless regulations. Take a few minutes to send your thoughts, or to read the ideas sent in by over 22,000 people who have already done so.

Cutting unnecessary rules and regulations

Get involved

Want to help cut pointless rules? Take part in the Red Tape Challenge

The Red Tape Challenge is reviewing different parts of government in turn to see if certain rules and regulations are needed, or whether they just get in the way. Currently, the following areas are live for comment:

  • manufacturing
  • enforcement
  • general regulations

These areas are coming up in the Red Tape Challenge:

  • media and creative services
  • environment
  • employment related law
  • children’s services
  • rail and merchant shipping
  • utilities and energy

The areas of legislation that have already closed to comments are:

  • equalities
  • road transportation
  • hospitality, food and drink
  • retail

To take part in the Red Tape Challenge, follow the link below.

Retail red tape to be axed following your comments

Your comments to Red Tape Challenge have helped drive the changes below:

  • consolidation of more than 12 pieces of overlapping consumer rights law to form a single piece of legislation
  • simplification of burdensome rules for retailers such as age verification on restricted goods and licensing for low-risk products like fly spray and toilet cleaner
  • abolition of heavy-handed intervention such as shops needing an alcohol licence to sell chocolate liqueurs

In addition, some redundant rules will be cut. These include the war-time 'Trading With The Enemy Act' and its 98 linked regulations, as well as rules around the safety of pencils and prams.

Thanks to your comments, simpler rules will make life easier for both businesses and individuals.

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