Government launches website to help community groups with red tape

Questions logged on the Barrier Busting site will be answered by civil servants

CLG advice site: Barrier Busting
CLG advice site: Barrier Busting

The Communities and Local Government department has launched a new website where charities and community groups can ask for help in overcoming bureaucratic obstacles to their work.

Barrier Busting lets people setting up or running local community projects submit queries about regulations, such as by-laws or health and safety rules, that hinder them in their work.

A team of civil servants at the department will be responsible for helping the groups overcome the problems. Those who log problems on the site will be given an ID number so that they can track the progress of their case online. They will also be given the contact details of a civil servant responsible for helping them.

A CLG spokeswoman said common bureaucratic obstacles to community action also included planning regulations and Criminal Records Bureau checks.

She was unable to provide information on how many civil servants would work on the scheme or how much the department was spending on it.

In a statement, Greg Clark, the decentralisation minister, said: "Local people often have brilliant ideas and are keen to get involved in making their neighbourhood a better place. Government rules and regulations should be there to support them, not stand in their way."

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