Government vows to scrap red tape in energy, water

The UK Government has pledged to cut red tape in five key industry sectors including energy and water. It has launched reviews into “burdensome” red tape, which it hopes will […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The UK Government has pledged to cut red tape in five key industry sectors including energy and water.

It has launched reviews into “burdensome” red tape, which it hopes will help businesses save around £10 billion in the next five years.

That includes firms in the agriculture, care homes and mineral extraction sectors.

The government is calling on businesses to flag areas for change through its new ‘Cutting Red Tape’ programme, which examines both regulation and its implementation.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: “For the first time, these reviews will look not only at the rules themselves but the way they are enforced. We want firms to tell us where red tape is holding them back and help us make Britain the best place in Europe to start and grow a business.”

The potential areas for cutting red tape in the energy industry that the government is seeking views on include complex licencing requirements and burdens placed on new market entrants.

In the waste sector, the review will look at the impact of regulations from production and processing to collection, disposal and treatment.

Businesses can provide feedback by e-mailing the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) at [email protected] by 14th September 2015.