‘Deregulation’ report recommends return of ‘one in, two out’ rule

Iain Duncan Smith's new report recommends ministers scrap two regulations for every one they impose.

18 Jun 2021| News

After the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy was forced by public outrage to drop its review into scrapping the Working Time Regulations, many feared a deregulation report that Iain Duncan Smith was commissioned to head would take up the reins of eroding workers’ rights.

The Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform has now published its report and among its recommendations are an appeal to return to the days of the ‘Red Tape Bonfire’ celebrated by the Coalition government of 2010-2015.

It harked back to the ‘success’ of the Deregulation Act 2015, which weakened health and safety laws and the powers of employment tribunals. It also urged the current administration to return to the days of ‘one in, two out’, in which Ministers have to scrap two regulations every time they wish to impose one.

The report focuses on ‘innovation’ and ‘competition’ and suggests that policy impact assessments – usually required in order to ensure policy does not disproportionally harm any particular section of the community – are broadened to consider the impact on ‘innovation’ and ‘competition’.