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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 07:35

Construction sector to tell Government about worst regulations

The Cabinet Office has launched a new consultation inviting the UK construction sector to comment on over 200 regulations and which ones are causing them the most problems.

The Housing and Construction Red Tape Challenge runs from 12 January to 16 February and the Cabinet Office wants to hear from construction and housing companies on the regulatory and administrative burdens which are hampering their business activities.

The Cabinet Office is seeking comment on the construction related regulations, such as those related to Construction Contracts or Construction Products which have not already been considered as part of other Red Tape Challenge themes (e.g., the Health and Safety theme covered the Construction, Design and Management Regulations and other legislation related to safety during the construction process).

Questions the Government is asking about what should happen to the regulations and why include:

  • Should we scrap them altogether?
  • Could their purpose be achieved in a non-regulatory way (eg through a voluntary code?) How?
  • Could they be reformed, simplified or merged? How?
  • Can we reduce their bureaucracy through better implementation? How?
  • Can we make their enforcement less burdensome? How?
  • Should they be left as they are?

Over 200 regulations are covered by the Housing and Construction Red Tape Challenge. A statement from the Cabinet Office said:

“The housing and construction industries are key to driving growth in our economy. Through smarter regulation, we can remove barriers to growth and encourage investment, choice and innovation.”

“We want to use the Red Tape Challenge to ensure that the systems behind these regulations run in the most effective and light touch way.”

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