Research and analysis

The costs and benefits of Defra’s regulations

These documents summarise an ongoing assessment of the costs and benefits of the stock of Defra regulations.


The costs and benefits of Defra’s regulatory stock

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These reports summarise progress so far on assessing all of Defra’s regulations that affect businesses or civil society.

They give an initial picture of the costs and benefits to business of Defra’s regulations and which sectors are most affected.

These assessments are part of a wider Defra programme to improve the evidence supporting regulatory reform.

Published 16 August 2011
Last updated 23 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Published the emerging findings from Defra’s regulation assessment which covers the period 2012 to 2021.

  2. First published.