Since our last report we are encouraged by evidence of genuine progress arising from the government’s better regulation agenda. For example, our Burdens Barometer shows that 12 out of 17 regulations that provide annual
recurring benefits to business were added this year.

Nevertheless, and as this report demonstrates, there is still much to be done to improve the regulatory process. Not least, impotent systems that are in place to scrutinise EU sourced regulation require reform and post implementation reviews need to be formalised. The extraordinary economic times that we live in have further emphasised the need for small and medium sized enterprises, the wealth creators of our economy, to operate in conditions that aid growth rather than stifle it.

It will be these enterprises that drive us out of recession, and the implementation of the recommendations in this report will go a long way to ensure that the burden of newly arising regulation is challenged effectively within Whitehall and Brussels.