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Better Regulation Executive
From Enforcement to Compliance:
Delivering Regulatory Services
Karen Hill
Better Regulation Executive
01 March 2007
Making regulation work for everyone
To reduce the burden of regulation on:
 Business
 Voluntary sector
 Charities
 Public Sector
“Making regulation work for everyone”
What the BRE is doing
 Working with business to identify & remove unnecessary burdens
 Working with regulators/LAs to identify & promote good practice
 New Impact Assessment process to assess proposed regulation
 25% net reduction target for admin burdens of regulation by 2010
 Legislative & Regulatory Reform Act - easier to amend existing
legislation and remove red tape where identified
 Davidson and Macrory reviews – over-implementation of EU
legislation and regulatory penalties regimes
The Hampton vision – what does it mean?
 Regulators and enforcers taking a risk-based approach - reducing
number of inspections & greater focus on support & guidance
 Local enforcers working together - co-ordinated inspection activity
and approaches to risk, sharing information & avoiding duplication
 Greater consistency across LA boundaries, including home/lead
authority scheme for multi-site businesses
 Prioritisation of national policy areas that regulatory services are
expected to deliver, with flexibility to focus on greatest local risks
 Performance assessment framework being developed with NAO
and rolled out in 2007, including identifying & sharing good practice,
to support Compliance Code when implemented in 2008
Partnership working
 Inspectors working together across disciplines:
Retail Enforcement Pilot:
joining up inspection regimes
effective sharing of information
unifying risk models
educating business about compliance
Focus on advice and guidance to support businesses
Targeted approach to rogue businesses
Sharing ideas and good practice
Contributing to local economic development
Local Better Regulation Office
 80% of inspections are at a local level
 Objective to reduce burdens on business
without compromising public protections
 Government-owned company initially, then
statutory footing
 Powers to issue statutory guidance to
achieve good practice and consistency
 Trading standards, environmental health and
business licensing
2008 – What will success look like?
Business recognising a real
Stock: Simplification plans:
– demonstrate convincing
progress on 2006
– further concrete measures
towards 25% reduction target
– strong evidence of reducing
stock of policy costs.
Flow: New policies consistently
founded on good regulation
principles (risk-based; targeted;
benefits justify costs; nonregulatory approaches considered
and used wherever possible;
effective consultation and
business given time to prepare).
Transparency: Step change in:
– quality of Impact Assessments greater clarity on costs & benefits
– more simplification suggestions
from business taken up
– Strongly evidenced progress in
delivering more risk-based
approach to inspection and formfilling; greater focus on advice
– Increased consistency in
enforcement among LAs
Europe: Continued momentum for
simplification including European
Council signing up to admin burdens
reduction target.
Public Sector: clear strategy for
tackling red tape on front-line

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