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Deregulation Bill (Draft) 2013-14
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The Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech on 8 May 2013 and aims to reduce the burden of excessive regulation on businesses.
In April 2011, the coalition government launched a website challenging the public to help cut unnecessary regulations. The Red Tape challenge sought to give the public and businesses a chance to have their say on regulations that affected their everyday lives. The campaign was part of the government's growth agenda and sought to tackle the stock of more than 21,000 statutory instruments that were currently putting barriers in the way of businesses, volunteers and the public.
In April, Michael Fallon said that a new phase of the Red Tape Challenge would be launched in summer 2013, focusing on key areas for growth and this year, the government replaced the One-in, One-out rule with the more challenging One-In, Two-Out rule - under which departments must find savings worth double the cost of any new regulations on business.
The Bill measures which will:
- Reduce or remove the burdens on businesses and civil society and facilitate growth
- Reduce or remove burdens on public bodies, the taxpayers or individuals
- Repeal of legislation that was no longer of any practical use
This includes a duty to require non-economic regulators to have regard to the impact of their actions upon growth; reducing the qualifying period for Right to Buy and Right to Acquire to three years; exempting health and safety law for those self-employed whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others; removing a power for employment tribunals to make wider recommendations in successful discrimination cases; no longer obliging councils to produce assessments after designating air quality zones.
The British Chambers of Commerce welcomed the Bill, but warned it must be "implemented without delay to increase busi-ness confidence, and allow firms to focus on growth".
The Institute of Directors described the Bill as a "missed opportunity" as it did little to "cut back red tape for employers and nothing to tackle the problem of 'gold-plated' EU regulation."