By Claire West

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has today confirmed that a review of the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) will be carried out.

The local regulation of businesses by environmental health, fire safety, licensing and trading standards services can place unnecessary burdens on them, hampering economic growth. The LBRO was set up to address this issue, combining an independent, expert perspective on local regulation with the statutory powers required to drive progress.

The review team will engage with LBRO’s key stakeholders to examine how successful LBRO has been in achieving its objectives of creating the conditions for regulatory reform at the local level, and delivering consistency for business, primarily through the Primary Authority scheme

This review is being held to coincide with similar work taking place across government departments. The review team will present their recommendations to Ministers in September 2010.