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GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW OVERLAPPING ENFORCEMENT BY COUNCILS

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President of the Board of Trade Michael Heseltine today published the terms of reference for a far reaching governm...
President of the Board of Trade Michael Heseltine today published the terms of reference for a far reaching government review into the organisation of enforcement functions of local authorities.

The team will examine ways to minimise the costs to business and the enforcers as well as reducing inconsistencies in enforcement. They will also look to identify best practice which may be beneficial to existing councils and to new authorities arising from the work of the Local Government Commission.

Mr Heseltine said: 'In response to concerns of business, and following the announcement after the Prime Minister's last progress meeting on deregulation that ways of eliminating duplication between enforcement agencies should be reviewed, the government has decided that there should be a review of the enforcement functions of local authorities.

'This review has started today with the following terms of reference: to investigate the organisational arrangements for the enforcement functions of local authorities, except insofar as they relate to fire safety, and to report on the scope for minimising business compliance costs and enforcement costs, as well as reducing inconsistencies in enforcement by removing any duplication and improving co-ordination within and between enforcement functions.

'The scrutiny will report to ministers within the 90 working days which are allowed under efficiency scrutiny guidelines. The scrutiny team will be advised by a steering group which will include officials from interested government departments together with representatives of the local authority associations.'

A separate review began today into fire safety and its enforcement.

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