Speaking in Dudley, West Midlands, Mowlam said: 'What we're launching today is a whole new government approach to cut unnecessary burdens of red tape, administration and form-filling that can make life hell for small businesses and for many in the public sector.'
She and Byers went on to describe changes designed 'to modernise and simplify government regulations and make them easier for people to understand.'
Asking each government department to appoint a Minister with direct responsibility for regulatory reform.
Establishing a new ministerial panel at the heart of Government tocall ministers to account for their department's regulatory performance and programmes. Mowlam will chair the panel, which will include Charles Falconer, Stephen Byers, Andrew Smith and(representing business and non-government interests) the chair of the Better Regulation Task Force, Chris Haskins and the Chief Executive of the Small Business Service.
Chris Haskins will be meeting Ministers in charge of regulatory departments to discuss their simplification programmes and to ensure that action is taken to remove and simplify outdated regulation.
A new team has been set up to look explicitly at the burdens central government imposes on local authorities, and on doctors, teachers and other public sector workers.
Byers added: 'The government has begun the process of reducing red tape forsmall business. We need to push forward on this important agenda. The new approach will be threefold. It will involve:
Focusing ahead - to make sure that regulations are really necessary, don't overlap and are as simple and understandable as possible.
Looking backwards at what's already in place to ask is it necessary and, if it is, can it be simplified and made easier to deal with.
It's asking the basic question every time: is regulation the best way forward, or could a non-statutory way be found?'
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