Business Minister Michael Fallon recently invited industry bodies to bid to help run a ground breaking initiative that puts driving the reform of regulatory enforcement in the hands of business.
Business focus on enforcement will allow industry groups such as trade associations to challenge problems like duplicated paperwork, inconsistent advice or unhelpful guidance and present the case for change directly to regulators and ministers – who will be required to respond to the evidence industry presents.
To ensure that lack of resources does not prevent any business group with a good case from applying, groups will have the opportunity to apply for a government grant of up to £4,000 per project, to cover up to half the cost to a business group of running the 6-week reviews. Review teams will be supported throughout the process by government officials.
Business Minister Michael Fallon said: “We want regulators to become part of our push for growth by helping law-abiding firms meet their obligations quickly and efficiently. Putting reputable private sector experts in the driving seat to identify where reform is needed will help us achieve improvements for business without compromising standards.”
Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers organisation, Terry Scuoler said: “All good businesses understand the added value of well-thought out regulation, and experience the frustrations of badly implemented regulation and poor guidance.
“Giving businesses a greater role in reviewing the impact on them of the way regulation is enforced is a significant change for the better. I’ll be encouraging business groups from all sectors to seize this opportunity to eliminate the bureaucracy, duplication and lack of clarity that still impedes growth.”
The bidding process opened on Monday 10 March 2014 and all bid applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 7 April 2014.