Red Tape Initiative
- no w'pedia entry
- aka RTI
- Red tape
- https://redtapeinitiative.org.uk/, https://redtapeinitiative.org.uk/about/
- Search: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=gov.uk+red+tape+initiative&t=hb&ia=web
- WikiSpooks, https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Red_Tape_Initiative
- Powerbase: http://powerbase.info/index.php/Red_Tape_Initiative
- Linkback: Policy Exchange, Charles Moore, Archie Norman, Michael Gove, Oliver Letwin, Jonathan Marland, Kate Rock, Nick Tyrone, Thomas Fieldhouse, Oliver Lewis, Alex Hackett, Hanbury Strategy, Theresa Villiers, Paul Tucker, Stephen Timms, Jo Swinson, Archie Norman, Robin Butler, Charles Moore, David Laws, Frank Field, Liam Byrne, Dominic Grieve, Jonathan Gaisman, Oliver Sells, Martin Howe, Edward Garnier, Jonathan Fisher, James Dallas, Jeremy Cape
Red Tape Initiatve Ltd
- Sir Oliver Letwin, Oliver Letwin
- Lord Jonathan Peter Marland, Jonathan Marland, Baron Marland
- Nicholas James Tyrone (no w'pedia entry), https://redtapeinitiative.org.uk/people/nick-tyrone/
- The RTI’s director general, Nick Tyrone, used to lead the think tank Education Policy Institute#CentreForum
- Looks like George Eustice was involved at the start up: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2017-07-11/4344/
- Chair: Sir Oliver Letwin
- Board Member: Kate Rock, Baroness Rock of Stratton
- Board Member: Jonathan Marland, Lord Marland of Odstock
- Nick Tyrone
- Thomas Fieldhouse
- Oliver Lewis
- Alex Hackett
- Theresa Villiers
- Paul Tucker
- Stephen Timms
- Jo Swinson
- Archie Norman
- Robin Butler, Lord Butler of Brockwell
- Charles Moore
- David Laws
- Frank Field
- Liam Byrne
- Sept.11.2018: Lobbyists: Brexit’s Biggest Beneficiaries. The list of regulations to be put on the Brexit
bonfire is being drawn up by another govt-sanctioned, but privately-funded group, the Red Tape Initiative. The slate of EU regulations it wants ditched is set to be published in the Autumn evidence-gathering-in-nine-sectors-of-the-british-economy ref – everything from rules on housing and infrastructure, to health and energy ref. Helping to draw up the list are commercial lobbyists Hanbury Strategy and mega law/lobbying firms Dentons and Squire Patton Boggs, with the latter simultaneously inviting corporate CEOs to contact its Brexit team to discuss "UK deregulation" ref. Tamsin Cave, Unlock Democracy.
- Sept.25.2017: Brexit: Why did the Red Tape Initiative Meet with BEIS?. The Red Tape Initiative has so far only met with one govt department since it launched – the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Red Tape Initiative is led by Conservative Oliver Letwin, who was, for just three weeks, the first Brexit secretary before David Davis took over the role. Before the Brexit referendum, Letwin was responsible for leading the “clean growth committee” to coordinate decarbonisation efforts across government departments. According to Tyrone, however, the government’s much anticipated and long-overdue Clean Growth Plan, where it will lay out plans to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, was not discussed with BEIS. The RTI was set up in April with the aim of making suggestions to government about ways to change, clarify, or cut EU rules and regulations as they are adopted into British law after Brexit. What the RTI hopes to do, Tyrone has previously told the media, is to spot changes that may have been missed by government and parliament. The goal is to remove so-called regulatory burdens with cross-party support. As the group’s website states, it hopes “to forge a consensus on the regulatory changes that could benefit both businesses and their employees in a post-Brexit Britain”. The RTI is backed by major business groups including the Institute of Directors, the CBI and the Federation of Small Businesses. The RTI's funding comes from just 4 sources: £50,000 was donated by Jonathan Marland, David Cameron's former trade envoy who also sits on RTI’s management board; £50,000 was donated by Geoffrey Guy, a chairman at GW Pharmaceuticals; £50,000 came from the Ana Leaf Foundation, a health charity based in Jersey; and £12,000 was given by the Public Interest Foundation, a policy not-for profit. One of the trustees of the Ana Leaf Foundation is Hayley Du Putron, wife of Peter, a hedge fund boss who has given the Conservative Party more than £800,000 since sister-in-law Andrea Leadsom won a seat in Parliament. Meanwhile the Public Interest Foundation backs right-wing think tanks Civitas and Policy Exchange. Civitas, in particular, is known for being highly opaque and part of a network of Brexit climate deniers. (more) Kyla Mandel, DeSmog UK.
- Jul.19.2017: Inside the Red Tape Initiative – the cross-party search for 'hidden Brexit nuggets'. Nick Tyrone, the director-general of the group, speaks about EU regulations. (...) Senior Labour MP and Work and Pensions Committee Chair Frank Field, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson, and top Conservative MP and former Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers are just some of the politicians involved in the project. Ian Silvera, IBTimes UK.
- Jul.17.2017: The other UK Brexit department. As the Repeal Bill, which will transplant 40 years’ worth of EU laws onto the British statute book, begins its journey through parliament on Thursday, a new group The Red Tape Initiative (RTI), founded by David Cameron’s former policy guru Oliver Letwin is combing through EU rules and regulations making suggestions to govt for ways to tweak legislation. It’s not part of govt and exists, to look for legislative changes in every sector — from housing to infrastructure to training and apprenticeships — that might lift what it sees as regulatory burdens, and get support across the political spectrum. Whitehall watchers consider it a completely new type of organization — one born out of Brexit — although some regard it as a controversial outsourcing of the work of ministers, while others believe it’s an innovative way to help an over-burdened govt. But the idea of policy formulation by what many feel is an old boys’ network (with some Labour and Lib Dem window-dressing) is causing disquiet in some quarters. Charlie Cooper, Politico.
- Jul.14.2017: Who’s funding the Red Tape Initiative? The govt-backed Red Tape Initiative – a project set up to create cross-party consensus on cutting regulations after Brexit – has endured a rough few weeks. Private Eye magazine reported the project is funded by building company Berkeley Homes, and its anti-regulation boss Tony Pidgley. Amid the storm of criticism about its funding, the group’s director general Nick Tyrone (a) refuted being funded by Berkeley, and (b) shared its list of donors with Unearthed, and answered some questions. Zachary Davies Boren, UnEarthed @ Greenpeace.
- Jul.11.2017: George Monbiot and the Bonfire of Red Tape. The Red Tape Initiative, Policy Exchange, Archie Norman, ... Some good stuff in here. George Monbiot, YouTube.
- Jul.05.2017: The Grenfell inquiry will be a stitch-up. Here’s why. On the morning of 14 June, as the tower blazed, an organisation called the Red Tape Initiative convened for its prearranged discussion about building regulations. One of the organisation’s tasks was to consider whether rules determining the fire resistance of cladding materials should be removed for the sake of construction industry profits. Please bear with me while I explain what this initiative is and who runs it, as it’s a perfect cameo of British politics. It’s a government-backed body, established “to grasp the opportunities” that Brexit offers to cut "red tape"... (more...) George Monbiot, The Guarian.
- Jun.22.2017: Government-backed 'red tape' group looked at EU fire safety rules on morning of Grenfell fire. Red Tape Initiative considered push to dismantle regulations on construction materials including cladding after Brexit. Sandra Laville, The Guardian.
- Jun.13.2017 (archived): Cutting Red Tape. The Cutting Red Tape programme allows Business to tell Government how it can cut red tape and reduce bureaucratic barriers to growth and productivity within their sector. You can also tell us which sector you think we should review in the future. The National Archives Gov.uk.
- May.15.2017: The Red Tape Initiative. Jonathan Fisher QC has been appointed to serve as a member of the Legal Panel of the Red Tape Initiative. The Red Tape Initiative is a cross party initiative for reaching consensus on regulatory changes in post-Brexit Britain. Officially launched on Apr.20.2017, the Red Tape Initiative’s first working groups will meet after the general election. Learn more about the Red Tape Initiative. Bright Line Law.
- Apr.24.2017: Letwin reveals details of Brexit-focused initiative to cut red tape. Former Cabinet Office minister details plan of action for newly-launched drive to free industry from unnecessary EU bureaucracy. The former Cabinet Office minister told Civil Service World that the Red Tape Initiative would take a sector-by-sector approach, launching around 10 inquiries to seek views on what EU constraints could be jettisoned in the interests of boosting productivity. Letwin said the drive would start by focusing on 3 key industrial areas: housebuilding; infrastructure construction; and training and apprenticeships. Letwin said it would be up to the govt to decide how it proceeded with reform options that the initiative threw up, but suggested that secondary legislation may be an option in some cases. He added that business secretary Greg Clark had written to the initiative, offering the cooperation of staff at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The RTI’s advisory board includes former cabinet secretary Lord Butler, David Laws – Letwin’s Lib Dem counterpart in the Cabinet Office during the coalition govt, former Labour minister Liam Byrne, former Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker, and former Conservative MP Archie Norman, who is also lead non-executive director at BEIS. The organisation, which was registered as a company in Dec.2016, also claims the support of the Confederation of British Industry, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Institute of Directors, the Trades Union Congress and the Federation of Small Businesses. Jim Dunton, Civil Service World.
- Apr.20.2017: The Red Tape Initiative gets underway. Yesterday, the RTI officially launched. In attendance at the launch event were many members of the advisory and legal panels, including Michael Gove, Stephen Timms, Jeremy Cape and Theresa Villiers. The first working groups will be getting underway shortly (immediately post-general election). Red Tape Initiative.
- Apr.19.2017: Oliver Letwin sets out to find 'early wins' for post-Brexit regulators. Tory policy guru launches cross-party initiative to consider how post-Brexit regulations can support the economy, with support from former cabinet secretary Lord Butler and business leaders. Suzannah Brecknell, Civil Service World.
- Jun.29.2016: Departments urged to consider social impact of drive to cut red tape. National Audit Office review of government’s bid to cut regulation cost highlights need for better understanding of social impact, and more evaluation of regulatory decisions once implemented. Suzannah Brecknell, Civil Service World.
- 2016: Red Tape Challenge. Source: OECD (2016), Pilot database on stakeholder engagement practices in regulatory policy, http://www.oecd.org/gov/regulatory-policy/measuring-regulatory-performance.htm OECD.
- Dec.02.2015: Cutting Red Tape review will give construction industry the foundations to get Britain building. Red Tape review to give housebuilders their say on ineffective rules and heavy-handed enforcement that stop them building homes. Published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Sajid Javid, Brandon Lewis. Gov.uk.
- Jan.20.2014: Red Tape Challenge: Alternatives to Waste Transfer Notes and other Aspects of Waste Regulations. The Red Tape Challenge stated that it is burdensome for some small businesses to fill in Waste Transfer Notes. In response the govt is proposing greater flexibility around Waste Transfer Notes as well as making two minor amendments to legislation relating to waste carrier registration and enforcement (Consultation) DEFRA.
- Feb.09.2013: Red Tape Initiative: Removing unnecessary regulations and simplifying processes: closed consultation. Solicitors Regulation Authority.
- Apr.07.2011: Red Tape Challenge. The Government has launched a website challenging the public to help us cut unnecessary regulations. For years red tape and bureaucracy have been allowed to spiral out of control. Excessive regulation is burdening businesses, hurting our economy and damaging our society. David Cameron said he wanted the public to get involved with evidence from the "real world" on which regulations work and which ones are creating obstacles. Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell has also welcomed the initiative as an "opportunity to help drive changes". No.10 Downing St., Gov.uk.
- Red Tape Challenge website: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20150522175321/http://www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/home/index/
- About: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20150423101739/http://www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/frequently-asked-questions-faqs/
- See also: https://www.tutor2u.net/_legacy/assets/cafe/0611-redtape.pdf
- And the Food Standards Agency "Red Tape Challenge initiatives", https://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/regulation/betregs/red-tape-challenge