Four IPA member agencies, and the IPA’s Legal & Public Affairs Director, Richard Lindsay, met last week with the Earl of Minto, Minister for Regulatory Reform at the Department for Business and Trade.
As part of the department’s policy on Smarter Regulation, the Minister wanted to hear from agencies which laws and regulations are hampering their businesses and what they need from the government.
Difficulties in recruiting highly skilled talent, both homegrown and from abroad, was a common theme, as was the need to change the apprenticeship system and the way the levy operates.
The IPA delegation also discussed the forthcoming ad restrictions on less healthy foods, TUPE, AI, data adequacy, and the problem of unreasonable payment terms.
The Minister was well-briefed and seemed genuinely interested and keen to help. His department has just published a call for evidence on smarter regulation and the regulatory landscape and asked that agencies provide as much information as they can. The closing date is 7 January 2024. The IPA will be responding.
Please email Richard Lindsay if you would like to be part of our working group.