In a radical attempt to heavily involve industry bodies in influencing the reform of regulatory enforcement, Business Minister Michael Fallon has announced plans to set up Business Focus on Enforcement.
This is meant to enable industry groups, like trade associations, to be able to genuinely shape reform. It is hoped it will help tackle issues such as duplicated paperwork, inconsistent advice or guidance, and allow them to present their ideas and thoughts straight to ministers and regulators. The scheme will also require a response to any evidence that groups present.
To combat the possibility of groups being unable to carry out any reviews due to costs, there will be funds available to help them do so. Government grants of up to £4,000 per project will be made available to help with up to half the cost of a 6 week review. To ensure these are run properly they will be supported by government officials.
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.”
There is a similar scheme at the moment called Focus on Enforcement. The problem with this is that it is run entirely by civil servants meaning businesses don’t have a say or influence in decisions made. There is hope that Business Focus on Enforcement will enable more sound and agreeable regulations to be put forward.