Red rated impact assessment opinions

Impact assessment opinions that are not 'fit for purpose' based on external, independent scrutiny of new regulation by the Regulatory Policy Committee.

Regulatory proposals are accompanied by an impact assessment (IA), which assesses and estimates the likely costs and benefits, as well as presenting the associated risks, of a regulatory proposal that has an impact on business, civil society organisations, the public sector or individuals. Following scrutiny of an IA the RPC provides an Opinion on the quality of analysis and evidence presented in the IA. This opinion then informs the decisions of ministers as to whether or not they proceed with the proposal.

Guidance on the issues the RPC considers when scrutinising an IA can be found here.

In a small number of instances departments have chosen to proceed with a regulatory proposal which is not supported by an IA which has received a ‘fit for purpose’ rating from the RPC. The RPC publishes these ‘Red’ opinions. Alongside links to the IAs and the related opinion there are details of these proposals and factors contributing to the rating of the RPC opinion.

An opinion which does not include significant concerns would result in the IA being rated as ‘fit for purpose’. For IAs that were rated ‘fit for purpose’ see Green and Amber rated impact assessment opinions.

Department for Business, Innovations & Skills (BIS)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Scotland Office

Cabinet Office

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Department for Transport (DfT)

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

HM Treasury

Published 22 November 2013
Last updated 30 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Opinion added

  2. Opinion added to collection

  3. Publication of red rate evaluation of Ministry of Justice impact assessment on enhanced court fees

  4. Red-rated impact assessment opinion published on 'enhanced court fees'

  5. The RPC has published the red rated evaluation of DWP impact assessment on charges in qualifying pension schemes

  6. First published.