Better Regulation: An Action Plan for Reform
The Department published the Executive’s response to the Review of Business Red Tape. Better Regulation: An Action Plan for Reform sets out a series of actions to further build on the regulatory reform initiatives already underway in NI and help to lessen the regulatory impact on business, while continuing to provide the necessary protections for citizens, employees and the environment.
DfE commits to the principles of better regulation in policy making and will utilise the full range of relevant impact assessment tools as part of policy and strategy development.
Since 2001, Northern Ireland Departments have been operating under the Northern Ireland Better Regulation Strategy. The Strategy was introduced by the then Northern Ireland Executive to minimise the burden of red tape on business.
Review of business red tape
The Review of Northern Ireland Business Red Tape is now complete. It was led by the former Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment on behalf of the then Minister and the Executive.
The NI Executive was keen for The Review to look to improve the regulatory landscape in Northern Ireland, and reduce unnecessary burden where it may exist for businesses. The team relied heavily on positive engagement with business representative bodies, businesses and NI Departments and Regulators.
The NICS Departments are all committed to better regulation and improving the regulatory environment for legitimate business throughout Northern Ireland.
The NICS has launched a new web feedback form giving businesses the opportunity to comment specifically on a regulation that is having a direct impact on them.
The form is designed for businesses to comment on those regulatory issues which come directly under the remit of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly.
You are encouraged to actively use the form for relevant NI regulations which, for whatever reason, causes you concern and Departmental officials are committed to responding directly to these.