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And the debate around the Grenfell fire has also centred on 'de/regulation':
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But there is regulation... and there is regulation.
When it comes to banking and property, there doesn't seem to be much of it:
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On the other hand, back in April, the Business Minister highlighted how regulation can work:
fficials get fed up with accusations that Britain is a cesspool of dirty money; that they do too little to check the wealth hidden behind shell corporations. They grouse among themselves that their critics overlook the work they’re doing to expose the money flows and to drive out the corrupt.When they do get a win, therefore, they trumpet it.Last month, Companies House successfully prosecuted someone who had lied in setting up a company, the kind of white-collar crime committed by the sophisticated fraudsters who fleece ordinary Brits every day, and the government went large. “This prosecution – the first of its kind in the UK – shows the government will come down hard on people who knowingly break the law and file false information on the company register,” crowed business minister, Andrew Griffiths, in a press release.
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The Minister is keen, though, to push the government's "Business Impact Target":
The policy was initially introduced by the Cameron government through the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which places a statutory obligation on government to publish a target indicating the added value businesses will save from its deregulation efforts. The new £9bn target was announced by former Under Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility Andrew Griffiths in a written statement published in June, which was hardly promoted by the government and went largely unnoticed. David Powell, head of environment and green transition at the New Economics Foundation, said that since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government has been less keen to promote its deregulatory agenda, but that behind the scenes "it is still pushing ahead with its anti-democratic and farcically cherry-picked 'burden reduction' programme".Environmental regulation at risk from government red-tape removal drive - Business Green
Here is David Powell of the NEF:
THE WHOLE DEREGULATORY EDIFICE WAS OF COURSE ODD TO BEGIN WITH.
IT’S HARD TO AVOID THE IMPRESSION THAT ON THE CUSP OF BREXIT, THE GOVERNMENT IS RATHER REGRETTING THIS WHOLE DIVERSIONARY ENTERPRISE.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE PASSING MENTION OF PLASTICS IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH, THERE’S NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
The curious case of the apologetic deregulators | New Economics Foundation