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Smarter regulation

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This page sets out how the UK government’s smarter regulation programme seeks to reduce burdens on businesses and promote innovation and growth.

Smarter regulation means only using regulation where necessary, and ensuring its design and use is both proportionate and future-proof.

The smarter regulation programme across government is led by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). It has 3 pillars:

  • reforming existing regulations to minimise regulatory burden and ensure our regulations are contemporary and forward looking. This includes reforms to both retained EU law (REUL) and wider domestic regulation
  • making regulation a last resort, not a first choice. This includes making use of alternatives to regulation wherever beneficial
  • ensuring a well-functioning regulatory landscape

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