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Smarter regulation and the regulatory landscape

Smarter regulation and the regulatory landscape


On 10 May 2023, the Government published Smarter Regulation to Grow the Economy. This introductory report sets out the vision for regulation and committed to a series of regulatory reform announcements across the year to benefit businesses and drive innovation and growth.

When delivered effectively, regulation and the work of regulators plays a vital role in protecting consumers, the environment and setting the right frameworks for businesses to thrive. Smarter regulation is about only using regulation where necessary, implementing it well, and ensuring its use is proportionate and future-proof. Through this lens, the Smarter Regulation programme across government - led by the Department for Business and Trade - has three core pillars:

  • Minimising regulatory burden and future-proofing regulations
  • Making regulation a last resort, not a first choice
  • Ensuring a well-functioning landscape of regulators

There are more opportunities to seize in both reforming the stock of regulation and in ensuring that the wider landscape of independent regulation delivers for the UK. This call for evidence is the next step that the Government is taking to ensure that we have a world-leading regulatory system.

This consultation was closed on the 7th January 2024.

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