Press release

Tackling bureaucracy in local communities

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

A new service has launched to help volunteers, community groups and social enterprises overcome bureaucracy.

A new service has launched to help volunteers, community groups and social enterprises overcome bureaucracy and get things done in their neighbourhood.

The new Barrier Busting service was announced by Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark and will ensure that councils, community groups, local institutions and individuals who need central government help to get rid of barriers, can submit a request through the website.

Mr Clark said some of the best ideas came from people in communities and that those people should have the help that Ministers enjoy.

He added:

Local people often have brilliant ideas and are keen to get involved in making their neighbourhood a better place. Government rules and regulations should be there to support them - not stand in their way.

The barrier busting service is there to find practical solutions and give local people’s enthusiasm and commitment free rein. This is about turning government on its head.

The Government is also publishing an action plan, describing what it is already doing to lift barriers in response to requests made by councils and communities under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.

The action plan from the first Sustainable Communities Act is the result of a list of 312 barriers short-listed by the Local Government Association in 2009.

Read more: Government “open for business” as new barrier busting service launched