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Cutting red tape

A new group has been established to cut regulations and make it easier to run social enterprises.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The Big Society De-regulation Taskforce was announced today by Business Minister Mark Prisk and Civil Society Minister Nick Hurd.

It will be led by Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts.

It’s part of the Government’s commitment to making it easier to run charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.

Reducing bureaucratic burdens is expected to free up more time and resources for these organisations to make a difference in their communities and help mobilise the Big Society.

Minister for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk, said:

“We need to swing the balance back in favour of entrepreneurial spirit. We want to make sure that charities spend more time on their valuable work to support our communities.

“This taskforce will build on previous research into burdens on small business to look at how we can encourage more people to work together to improve their communities and help one another. Lord Hodgson has assembled a very strong team and I look forward to their recommendations.”

The taskforce is still to decide which specific areas to focus on, which may include:

  • responsibilities of trustees and directors
  • employment law
  • contractual arrangements when civil society organisations provide public services.

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Published 17 August 2010