How it Works
Download a ‘Decision Map’ of the Red Tape Challenge process here, and see how the process works!
The site has been designed to promote open discussion of how the aims of existing regulation can be fulfilled in the least burdensome way possible. We need the experience and ideas of those who deal with regulation day-in, day-out to help us cut red tape.
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. Our six cross-cutting themes are open for comment throughout the whole Red Tape Challenge process (although each will also have a window in the ‘spotlight’).
Everyone can ‘join the debate’ on any of the live themes, and post their comments and thoughts on the regulation and rules that affect them. Sector champions (who act as a link between the sector and Government), will also actively be reviewing the comment pages – and respond to your comments to help facilitate debate and discussion. You can also submit longer submissions to our e-mail inbox: email@example.com.
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 our longer-term commitment to regulatory reform.