Enterprising Regulation Workshop
Kingston November 2013
Erica Sheward
Better Regulation Delivery Office
Better Regulation Delivery Office
• Expert unit in the UK Government Department for
Business, Innovation and Skills
• Resp...
BRDO: Who we work
with
We work with
businesses to reduce
burdens and improve
regulation for them
We bring national
and loc...
A game of 2 halves
• What we do
The practice of doing
better regulation
• Why we do it
What works
It’s not about balance- It’s about a win/ win
• Regulation for a
purpose
• Compliance not the end
point
• Focus on outcome...
Key messages for prosperity and protection
• ‘Good’ regulation can support growth, as much as
‘poor’ regulation hinders it...
Regulatory outcomes
Place People
Production
Green
Growth
Safe
Communities
Environment
Economy
Society
Prosperous
communiti...
It’s about risk based regulation
a) Strategic Risk – recognising emphasis from policy
and statute
b) Prioritisation – acro...
61% of businesses: Local councils do not understand
businesses well enough to regulate
LBRO/NAO Business perspectives surv...
Some of our BR Initiatives- What works?
• Primary Authority – direct and coordinated
partnerships, large and small busines...
Primary Authority for small businesses:
Horsham Council and the Meat traders
•The retail/catering butchery sector linked w...
Regulators Competency
The availability of a cost-effective
means for regulators to address their
development needs is help...
The Regulators Code
• This is a statutory Code of
Practice that replaces the
Regulators’ Compliance Code. It
provides a cl...
LEPs- BBFA
• BRDO is working with
LEPs to identify
regulatory approaches
that support local
enterprise and make
this learn...
Research
Regulatory
‘Interventions’
Rapid Evidence
Assessment
Which regulatory interventions maintain
protections whilst s...
Sustainable improvement
in delivering regulation
Rules
Frameworks Performance Management
Accountability to business
Cultur...
Thank you -Questions?
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Better Regulation - Erica Steward, BRDO

  1. 1. Enterprising Regulation Workshop Kingston November 2013 Erica Sheward Better Regulation Delivery Office
  2. 2. Better Regulation Delivery Office • Expert unit in the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills • Responsible for delivering the Government’s commitment to cut red tape, improve public protection and boost UK economy through better regulatory enforcement •Transforming the business experience of regulation at the front line
  3. 3. BRDO: Who we work with We work with businesses to reduce burdens and improve regulation for them We bring national and local regulators and policy makers together to create tools that cut red tape and provide protection We advise Government on delivering regulation and inspections BRDO
  4. 4. A game of 2 halves • What we do The practice of doing better regulation • Why we do it What works
  5. 5. It’s not about balance- It’s about a win/ win • Regulation for a purpose • Compliance not the end point • Focus on outcomes – prosperity and protection
  6. 6. Key messages for prosperity and protection • ‘Good’ regulation can support growth, as much as ‘poor’ regulation hinders it • How regulation is delivered (enforcement) matters • Key aspects of delivery include – Right level regulation-local/regional/national – Hearing business as the ‘customer’ of regulation
  7. 7. Regulatory outcomes Place People Production Green Growth Safe Communities Environment Economy Society Prosperous communities Quality of life
  8. 8. It’s about risk based regulation a) Strategic Risk – recognising emphasis from policy and statute b) Prioritisation – across markets and hazards c) Operational Risk Assessment – selecting optimum intervention strategies d) Risk Based Targeting – maximising the value of inspection e) Sanctioning by Risk – ensuring a proportionate response
  9. 9. 61% of businesses: Local councils do not understand businesses well enough to regulate LBRO/NAO Business perspectives survey 2012 1 in 7 businesses: regulation is the most challenging aspect of running a business 80% businesses: non-compliance would affect relationships with our customers
  10. 10. Some of our BR Initiatives- What works? • Primary Authority – direct and coordinated partnerships, large and small businesses • RDNA and GRIP • IRIS • The Regulators Code • LEPs • Interventions Research
  11. 11. Primary Authority for small businesses: Horsham Council and the Meat traders •The retail/catering butchery sector linked with 2 major E coli outbreaks in 1996 and 2005 killing over 20 • Compliance with food safety legislation in this Sector (particularly HACCP requirements) traditionally low  Horsham Council working with a group of small retail butchers developed assured advice under a Primary Authority shared approach to compliance  Businesses involved in the process of developing assured advice in the form of a food safety toolkit with the local authority regulator who was an expert in enforcement in the meat sector  Assurance for businesses that if they used the tools and followed the advice they would be compliant
  12. 12. Regulators Competency The availability of a cost-effective means for regulators to address their development needs is helping to meet the challenge at both national and local level to maintain the professional competency of staff with limited resources. One key aim is to encourage and equip regulators to make greater use of their professional judgment and discretion, in order to maximise compliance in a way that is best suited to the particular circumstances
  13. 13. The Regulators Code • This is a statutory Code of Practice that replaces the Regulators’ Compliance Code. It provides a clear framework for how regulators, ranging from national organisations to local authorities, should interact with those they regulate. It has been published now to allow regulators the maximum time to reflect on its content and prepare for its introduction. It is anticipated that the Code will be brought into statutory force (by a Statutory Instrument) in April 2014.
  14. 14. LEPs- BBFA • BRDO is working with LEPs to identify regulatory approaches that support local enterprise and make this learning available to others in the form of Better Business for All (BBFA) resources
  15. 15. Research Regulatory ‘Interventions’ Rapid Evidence Assessment Which regulatory interventions maintain protections whilst supporting economic growth?
  16. 16. Sustainable improvement in delivering regulation Rules Frameworks Performance Management Accountability to business Culture/Competency Leadership Values
  17. 17. Thank you -Questions?
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