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Current Cabinet Office consultations

Effective Consultation

The Cabinet Office is conducting a review of Consultation Policy to see how Government consultations can be improved and is keen to hear the public's views. The consultation is aimed at anyone with an interest in responding to government consultation exercises, from those who regularly respond to the Government's consultations to those who might be interested in doing so.

Implementing Hampton: from enforcement to compliance

Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill

The government is consulting on a draft bill which will give the Local Better Regulation Office statutory powers to promote better communication amongst local authorities, and between them and central governmnet, providing a better basis for keeping the burdens for regulation on businesses to a minimum.

The Bill also incorporates proposals that implement four recommendations from the Macrory Review, Regulatory Justice: Making Sanctions Effective, to make available to regulators an extended, more flexible and modern sanctioning toolkit that is better able to meet their needs in the Hampton world.

Compliance Code

The purpose of this consultation document is to seek comments on a draft Regulators' Compliance Code (“the Compliance Code”) and the proposed content of the Listing Order, specifying the regulatory functions to which both the Code and the principles of good regulation should apply.

The Compliance Code is set out in two parts. Part 1 is an introductory section, which describes the purpose of the Code and its background and scope. Part 2 covers the specific obligations of the Code.

Regulators, whose regulatory functions are specified in the listing order, are required to have regard to the Code when determining policies, setting standards or giving guidance in relation to the exercise of these functions. As such, the Code applies to the general level functions, such as policy making and standard–setting and not directly to individual level functions of carrying out inspections, investigations, prosecution and other enforcement activities.

By ensuring that regulators review their policies, the Government is confident that the Code will help deliver a risk–based approach to the exercise of regulatory activity. This will mean that high–performing, compliant businesses bear less of a burden, with regulators focusing their efforts on rogue and higher–risk businesses.

To obtain a hard copy of this document, please call or email Sally Armstrong,; 020 7276 2034

Other Cabinet Office consultations

Communities Asset Funds

The Office of the Third Sector is running a 12 week consultation with key stakeholders on details of how the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) will manage a new £30m programme to enable community–led third sector organisations to own and run under–used public buildings. The consultation will take into account the findings of the ongoing independent review into community ownership and management of assets, being led by Barry Quirk, which will report to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Closed consultations

The Tools to Deliver Better Regulation

The Better Regulation Executive is consulting on proposals to revise the Regulatory Impact Assessment process and has published ‘The Tools to Deliver Better Regulation – Revising the Regulatory Impact Assessment: A Consultation’. The proposed revisions aim to increase the transparency of Impact Assessments so that the costs and benefits of new proposals are clearer and updated throughout the policy making cycle.