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Help for Business on Regulation Compliance ...
Help for Business on Regulation Compliance

Today, deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine, launched the Eastbourne Local Business Partnership.

Deregulation means fewer, better and simpler regulations, but it also means helping business to comply with those regulations that are necessary to protect our society. The government therefore welcomes co-operation between the business community and local government officers through local business partnerships, to help firms comply.

Mr Heseltine said:

'I welcome the fact that local government in Eastbourne is now in partnership with the local business community to help them with compliance issues. It is vital that both local and central government should do all they can to help business be more competitive. By working together, local business and local authorities can help reduce, still further, the burdens of complying with regulations.'

The local business partnership approach makes sure general difficulties and misunderstandings about compliance can be talked through. Eastbourne is one of over 100 local authorities where the partnership principle is either up and running or is now being put in place. The Eastbourne partnership will be aim to share good practice with other local business partnerships.

Mr Heseltine continued:

'I am keen to see more local authorities adopt this partnership approach. East Sussex is currently one of a handful of local authorities where the county council and all the districts and boroughs have a local business partnership.'

-- Local Business Partnerships (LBP) provide a dialogue between local business and local authority compliance officers. LBPs seek to ensure business receives appropriate advice and guidance on how to comply; know who to contact on a specific issue and how; a feedback to local authorities on how regulations are working in practice; and agreement on compliance policies, procedures, and complaints mechanisms.

-- Over 100 local authorities in England and Wales have accepted the partnership principle and either have fully developed LBPs or are actively developing them.

-- For further information on LBPs and for copies of the Green Card 'Enforcement: New Rights' contact Lew Read, Cabinet Office, Deregulation Unit, tel: 0171 270 5997.

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