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RPC report - Review of Government impact assessment capability

The RPC today publishes its latest report into the quality of impact assessments, highlighting its concerns around quality and quantity.

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RPC report Feb 2017

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Having reviewed 318 submissions in 2016, the RPC reports a significant overall decline in the proportion of impact assessments which were fit for purpose at first submission, coupled with a continuing absence of the biggest post-implementation reviews (PIRs). The most common issues relating to the quality of initial submissions are: missing costs, unjustified assumptions, lack of clarity in impacts on small and micro businesses. In addition the Committee has only seen a modest number of (mainly minor) PIRs over the last year and is concerned that reviews of significant measures such as major pensions regulation have yet to appear.

Published 21 February 2017