National Audit Office consults charities on pros and cons of regulation

The consultation is open until 10 March and will feed into a wider report on regulation in general

National Audit Office
National Audit Office

The National Audit Office is seeking views from charities on how they are regulated as part of a study aimed at reducing the regulatory burden on civil society organisations and businesses.

The results will feed into a wider report on how well the Better Regulation Executive at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is getting on in trying to hit its target of reducing the cost of regulation to business by £10bn in this parliament.

In a statement announcing the consultation, which opened earlier this month, the NAO said it was interested in charities’ insights into the costs and benefits of regulations, the impact of regulation and whether they were consulted by departments and regulators when evaluating impact.

The statement said the NAO would use the results to "better understand the nature of regulatory burden and benefits experienced by businesses and civil society organisations, evaluate the Better Regulation Executive’s approach to achieving the business impact target, highlight any issues and concerns and illustrate departmental good practice examples with regards to processes to achieve the business impact target".

The NAO’s final report is due to be published in the summer, after being presented to MPs for approval.

The NAO is accepting submissions from charities and businesses by email. Those interested in responding should go here.

The consultation is open until 10 March.

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