Francis Maude says red tape taskforce report is delayed

Minister for the Cabinet Office says Big Society Deregulation Taskforce, chaired by Lord Hodgson, has been deluged with examples of excessive regulation

Francis Maude
Francis Maude

The final report of the Big Society Deregulation Taskforce, chaired by Lord Hodgson, will be delayed because it has been inundated with examples of regulation that makes life difficult for charities.

Speaking in a debate hosted by the think tanks Progress and ResPublica at the House of Commons earlier this week, Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, said Hodgson’s call for charities to provide evidence of red tape had led to a "deluge" of information from the sector.

"There have been so many responses that the taskforce is now running late," he said. "We need to take action on the things that get in the way, such as CRB checks."

The report was originally due to be published in April. Maude did not say when he expected the report to be published. Hodgson was unavailable for comment.

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