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Primary Authority Consultation Launched
The Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) have launched a consultation on changes to the statutory guidance covering the Primary Authority Scheme in England and Wales. Originally introduced under the terms of the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 the scheme now includes 2,295 Primary Authority partnerships covering 100 local authorities and 703 businesses. Targeted at introducing greater consistency amongst regulators the aims of the scheme have evolved with the coalition governments drive to deliver the transformational change needed to make the regulatory system function more efficiently and effectively, while supporting local accountability and delivering assurance for business.
Views are sought on whether guidance is sufficiently clear on issues surrounding eligibility and whether changes are needed in respect of inspection plans. Anomalies have also come to light in the categories used. The introduction of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has been taken into account, while it is expected that the Primary Authority scheme which already covers more than 63,000 premises will expand with the addition of new regulations on the age restricted sale of gambling, sunbed tanning, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System and Welsh regulations on single use carrier bags.
The consultation is open until 16th August through the BRDO website at http://www.bis.gov.uk/brdo/publications/current-consultations Responses can be made on a downloadable form or directly on line via Survey Monkey http://svy.mk/14G7UiH
The updated guidance is expected to be issued in October.