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November 8, 2011

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New approach sets out clear goals for regulators

A new approach to refresh national enforcement priorities for local-authority regulatory services, and help them focus on the key regulatory risks faced in England, is detailed in a new report by the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO).

The new approach to Priority Regulatory Outcomes aims to ensure effective and accountable local delivery of outcomes in the current economic climate and to cut red tape for business.

The priorities are to:

  • Support economic growth, especially in small businesses, by ensuring a fair, responsible and competitive trading environment;
  • Protect the environment for future generations, including tackling the threats and impacts of climate change;
  • Improve quality of life and well-being by ensuring clean and safe neighbourhoods;
  • Help people live healthier lives by preventing ill health and harm and promoting public health; and
  • Ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable food chain for the benefit of consumers and the rural economy.

Graham Russell, LBRO chief executive, said: “These priority regulatory outcomes set out what local and central government want to achieve: regulation that both supports prosperity and delivers necessary protection.”
He went on: “It’s a new approach that addresses the current challenges – the need for national consistency and local presence, while addressing the issue of constrained resources.”
To read the LBRO’s report, visit:

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