Government launch new drive to cut red tape and seeks feedback from businesses

The government is launching ambitious reviews into burdensome red tape in 5 key industry sectors: energy, waste, agriculture, care homes and mineral extraction.

The new Cutting Red Tape programme aims to respond to the needs of business by examining both regulation and its enforcement and implementation – businesses are encouraged to report burdens and recommend other sectors which need change. The reviews are the first step to working with British businesses to axe unnecessary regulation and its poor implementation by a further £10 billion over the course of this Parliament. The government is appealing to businesses to come forward and flag areas for change through the new Cutting Red Tape programme.

An example where businesses have said regulation, and the way it is implemented, is getting in the way of doing business in the sectors under review includes waste businesses who have said that regulators could respond better to innovation, and thereby help the sector to maximise opportunities to recycle or re-use material that could otherwise end up in landfill.

The areas being reviewed (relevant to ORG and REA) are:
  • Energy – this will be a wide ranging review across the sector and will include regulation and its enforcement by government, the energy regulator Ofgem etc. It will seek industry views on potential areas for cutting red tape including on, complex licencing requirements, and burdens placed on new market entrants.
  • Waste – this review will look at the impact of regulations across the waste industry, from production and processing to collection, disposal and treatment. It will be used to identify and remove barriers to advancing the sector while ensuring human health and the environment remain protected.
  • Agriculture – information requirements are a major issue for the agriculture industry. For the farming sector, research suggests that reporting on animal health and farming currently takes 1.7 million people hours per year at a cost of £77m. This review will build on DEFRA’s existing programme of work to reduce burdens on farmers by seeking evidence of unnecessary burdens to report information to national and local government.

This review will run until 14th September 2015.

The review is calling for evidence on any regulatory compliance or enforcement activity and/ or the legal framework supporting it in England by national regulators and local authorities which affects the production, collection, processing, disposal and treatment of waste. This may include evidence from:
  • compliance checks
  • visits and inspections
  • data collection and requests
  • requirements to make formal applications or provide information to obtain necessary permits and licences
  • proportionality of regulation
  • consultation by regulators
  • clarity of guidance and advice
  • assessment of impact of activities on growth.

Businesses can feed back their thoughts by posting comments on the Cutting Red Tape website . Through Twitter: @CutRedTapeUK#CutRedTape, by email: or writing to: The Cutting Red Tape team, The Better Regulation Executive, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET.

Published: 27/07/15

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