Red Tape Challenge

Published 31st Jan 2012 by Events

Participate in the Red Tape Challenge and feed back your views to Government

The Red Tape Challenge puts a ‘spotlight’ on different areas of regulation in turn. For each spotlight theme, there is a five week window during which you can submit your views on regulation.


Once you’ve had your say on the comments pages, your contributions will be used by government as part of producing a set of proposals on regulatory reform. These proposals are reviewed by a Ministerial ‘Star Chamber’ with the presumption that all burdensome regulations will go unless Departments can justify why they are needed – well-defined and necessary regulation will be kept. This process takes about three months.


Departments then put their proposals to the Reducing Regulation Committee and seek policy clearance. An announcement on decisions will be published on this website, and implementation by Departments will begin.


This interactive campaign signifies a dramatic shift in the culture of Whitehall, as we work together collaboratively to turn the regulatory default on its head. Comments and submissions received after a spotlight has closed will still be considered by relevant Departments, as part of the longer-term commitment to regulatory reform.


The Red Tape Challenge is currently focusing on Company and Commercial Law. Businesses are being asked to for their views on how to tackle unnecessary bureaucracy in this area. Views can be submitted on this area of regulation as well as on general regulations affecting companies on the Red Tape Challenge website

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