The NFU has been selectedby the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as one of two tradeassociation and business representative groups to lead a review of red-tapeunder the Business Focus on Enforcement Initiative.
The aim of the NFU reviewwill be to gather evidence from an industry perspective on livestock visits andinspections, examining the potential for duplication and overlap betweennational regulators and local authorities. As part of the review the NFU willpresent its findings and evidence to Ministers.
NFUDeputy President Minette Batters said: The NFU is pleased to be selected tolead on a Business Focus on Enforcement review. In particular our focuswill be on the duplication and overlap resulting from livestock inspectionswhich was raised as a key concern by members during the Farm Regulation TaskForce review. Members tell me that the situation is not improving, with manymembers feeling that they are getting even more duplication.
The Business Focus on Enforcement is animportant new initiative which gives businesses a greater role in reviewing theimpact of the way regulation is enforced. We look forward to working with theBetter Regulation Executive over the coming months, in gathering evidence andpresenting our findings.
We would encourage alllivestock keepers to participate fully in the evidence gathering stages.
The NFU review willoperate in three stages. The first will be a phone based survey of livestockkeepers across England, finding out how often farmers receive visits fromregulatory agencies and local authorities and where duplication occurs.
The second stage will be aTwitter-based AgriChat UK debate in September, followed by the final stagewhich will be a series of workshops from mid-September for groups of livestockfarmers.
Any livestock farmers who would like to takepart in a workshop can find out more from the NFU website at http://www.nfuonline.com/business/better-regulation/nfu-selected-to-review-livestock-inspections/