The government is asking for your help in cutting bureaucracy. It is admitting that it doesn’t know how to cut the red tape but at least it’s acknowledging that it could do with cutting. At least we hope so and it’s not doing a pure publicity exercise like the N10 e-Petition site invented by Tony Blair.
It is true that the politicians who put them into law and the civil servants who implement the regulations usually have no clue as to how their ideas actually work and if they do what they are supposed to do. The politicians are stupid and the civil servants just follow procedure.
The people who do actually know this are the ones who are local at the point of implementation. In other words, the people who know if the regulation does it job and is worthwhile or just a waste of space are the ones who have to use the regulation in their day to day job.
Some of the questions that need to be asked are
- Is the red tape worthwhile
- Is it effective
- Is it still useful or out of date
- Does it hinder private business
- Can it be simplified
- Is it compatible with other regulations
And final point, are new regulations needed?
I’m sure the thousands of readers of this blog can suggest other points over how the regulations can be changed. Jump over to the site and make your views known.