Background to report

Government may use regulation to achieve public policy objectives when it does not provide or commission services directly. Effective regulation that is proportionate can protect citizens and the environment and promote competition and a level playing field for business. However, regulatory failure can result in harm to people, businesses and the environment.

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Local government regulatory services play a key role in the UK’s regulatory landscape, including administering and enforcing regulations set by government departments and national regulators such as the Food Standards Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

Scope of report

This report brings together our learning and identifies eight areas for government departments and national regulators to consider when designing, delivering and improving regulation involving local regulatory delivery. It is of relevance to both government departments and national regulators.


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