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The Red Tape Challenge

New public consultation launched by government - "It's time to fight back and cut red tape - we need your help."

The red tape challenge (RTC) is currently focusing on health and safety and aims to identify where regulations do work well, where they don't and what can be simplified or scrapped completely.

The RTC will focus on different areas of regulation and business throughout the year, currently focusing on health and safety regulation. During each focus the full set of relevant regulations are published and comments requested from all of business and the public.

The following information has been published on the red tape challenge website to explain the purpose of the RTC...

About the Red Tape Challenge (RTC)

Good regulation is a good thing. It protects consumers, employees and the environment, it helps build a more fair society and can even save lives. But over the years, regulations – and the inspections and bureaucracy that go with them – have piled up and up. This has hurt business, doing real damage to our economy. And it’s done harm to our society too. When people are confronted by a raft of regulations whenever they try to volunteer or play a bigger part in their neighbourhood, they begin to think they shouldn’t bother.

If we want to reverse this trend and encourage greater responsibility in our society, then we have got to trust people and give them more freedom to do the right thing. So this government has set a clear aim: to leave office having reduced the overall burden of regulation. With more than 21,000 regulations active in the UK today, this won’t be an easy task – but we’re determined to cut red tape.

Coming Up in the RTC:
  • 30 June - Health and Safety
  • 21 July - Manufacturing
  • 11 Aug - Media and creative services
  • 1 Sep - Environment
  • 15 Sep - Employment Related Law
  • 29 Sep - Children’s services
  • 13 Oct - Rail and Merchant Shipping
  • 27 Oct - Utilities and energy

Submit your comments
It is easy to comment in the RTC, simply visit the red tape challenge at the address below:

Members are also welcomed to discuss the review here on the SOHSA forum - just reply to this message to air your views.
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