Better Regulation in Europe: United Kingdom 2010

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This report maps and analyses the core issues which together make up effective regulatory management for the United Kingdom, laying down a framework of what should be driving regulatory policy and reform in the future. Issues examined include: strategy and policies for improving regulatory management; institutional capacities for effective regulation and the broader policy making context; transparency and processes for effective public consultation and communication; processes for the development of new regulations, including impact assessment and for the management of the regulatory stock, including administrative burdens; compliance rates, enforcement policy and appeal processes; and the multilevel dimension: interface between different levels of government and interface between national processes and those of the EU. This book is part of a project examining better regulation, being carried out in partnership with the European Commission.




Annex B

Link between Better Regulation performance and funding

Since 1998, the budgetary framework for central government departments revolves around three-year plans for discretionary expenditure, subject to Departmental Expenditure Limits (DELs). The Treasury is committed to this funding, and in exchange, departments are held accountable for achieving policy targets specified in Public Service Agreements (PSAs).1 Each PSA is underpinned by a Delivery Agreement which sets out the performance indicators that are used to measure progress. Their achievement is the responsibility of departmental boards, which are in turn accountable to the Prime Minister, supported by the PMDU (Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit). PSAs are shared across departments, and also engage “delivery partners” beyond the department, including regulatory agencies, local authorities and other public bodies.


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