Red Tape Challenge


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The Red Tape Challenge is a cross-government crowdsourcing project to identify unnecessary regulation. Discussions are structured by theme, and time-limited, helping to focus debate and mobilise support and opposition for regulations amongst stakeholder groups

This website is for you to tell us which regulations are working and which are not; what should be scrapped, what should be saved and what should be simplified.

Every few weeks we’re publishing the regulations affecting one specific sector or industry – from retail to hospitality to construction. And throughout the process we’re publishing the general regulations that cut across all sectors – from rules on equality to those on employment. All these regulations will be open for your comments. So if you own a shop, if you’re running a small business, if you’re a volunteer who is fed up with pointless or outdated rules – get online and tell us.

Once you’ve had your say, Ministers will have three months to work out which regulations they want to keep and why. But here’s the most important bit – the default presumption will be that burdensome regulations will go. If Ministers want to keep them, they have to make a very good case for them to stay.

Update: there’s a write up of the volume of responses to the Challenge, and what happened to the 28,000 comments and nearly 1,000 private submissions.

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