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Whitehall to face NAO over red tape cock-up

The Cabinet Office watchdog, the Better Regulation Task Force, is to report seven government departments to the National Audit Office for their poor quality assessments of new red tape burdens.

link: Red tape rage returns

Among the Whitehall bodies singled out are the Department of Trade & Industry, which claimed an £8bn saving without explaining how it had reached that figure, the Department of Transport and the Department of Health.

The Home Office was criticised for imposing a new money laundering crackdown without working out the cost of unintended consequences.

David Arculus, the taskforce chairman, was reported in the FT as saying the tide had not yet turned on regulation.

He said it was wrong to say that the volume of regulation had reduced.

According to the British Chamber of Commerce, the red tape burden afflicting UK businesses has climbed to £20bn since 1998.

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