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Defra launched its fourth full Simplification Plan, Simplifying the Business Environment: Driving Burdens Down (PDF 1.6 MB), on Monday 14 December 2009.

In 2005 Defra, with most other Government Departments committed to reduce administrative burdens on business and third sector organisations by 25% by 2010.  Over the past year Defra has continued to deliver against the Administrative Burden Reduction Programme as well as improving our overall approach to regulating.  An example of this is the work that Defra has been doing to ease the burdens on livestock farmers.

Easing Red Tape for Livestock Farmers

Defra and its agencies are looking to further improve the way they work with farmers.

A project looked at record keeping requirements on livestock farmers, an area previously identified as burdensome.  It identified specific issues in respect of simplifying forms, record keeping requirements and advice.   Livestock farmers also identified wider issues of concern to them and the report also sets out Defra’s activities intended to improve farmer access to information and guidance. 

Your views and suggestions on the Plan and the wider reduction programme are welcome. Please email views to:, alternatively you can visit to submit suggestions for further simplification.

Previous Defra Simplification Plans

Reducing Burdens on Local Authorities

Defra continues to work with Local Authorities to both reduce burdens on them and improve consistency of regulations.  We do this though working with the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO), Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACoRs) and Communities and Local Government.

Better Regulation Ideas

Defra continues to actively encourage and seek simplification suggestions from all sectors, including Public, Private, Third and Citizen on how we can simplify, rationalise, remove and consolidate regulation.  Government as a whole is committed to making life simpler for those affected by regulation.

The Better Regulation Executive (BRE) is responsible for the Better Regulation website.  This site acts as a central portal for all better regulation ideas submitted to Government Departments.   Businesses wishing to put forward simplification suggestions should visit the Better Regulation website for guidance on how to submit proposals and ideas. All proposals are responded to within 90 calendar days and all proposals and the responses are visible and published on the BRE website.

HM Government Response to the Institute of Directors 269 Regulatory Suggestions

In July 2009, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) co-ordinated a Government-wide response to the Institute of Directors (IoD) who had submitted 269 Regulatory suggestions. Of the 269 suggestions submitted, 16 were allocated to Defra for consideration, the majority of which were around REACH and Waste.  Full details of the suggestions put forward IoD and the full Government response can be found on the BIS website:

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