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NAO Business perceptions survey 2010

Over half of all businesses believe there is too much regulation, according to a survey of businesses commissioned by the National Audit Office and the Local Better Regulation Office. Although most businesses believe that the purpose of regulation is clear, over 60 per cent of businesses think that the level of regulation is an obstacle to their success.

15 Jul 2010
Cutting red tape

Assessing the impact of proposed new policies

Impact Assessments, used to assess the need for and the likely impact of proposed government policy interventions, do not yet consistently provide a sound basis for assessing the merits of different policy proposals. Further improvement in the quality and use of Impact Assessments is needed to achieve value for money. 

1 Jul 2010
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Review of the UK’s Competition Landscape

“The UK competition arrangements are highly regarded around the world. There is, however, evidence that industry regulators have not generated the level of competition cases necessary to develop the body of case law and experience that is the hallmark of a modern competition regime, and that potential benefits for consumers are not being fully realised.”

22 Mar 2010
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Complying with regulation – business perceptions survey 2009


“There is always a difference between perception and reality but our testing shows that almost no businesses think that complying with regulation has become easier or less time consuming in the last year. The majority think that things have remained the same and over a third think that the burden of regulation has got worse. On the other hand, 42 per cent of businesses think that government is getting the right balance of regulation to protect people and the environment.”

22 Oct 2009