Underfunded regulatory system ‘vulnerable to abuse’

Swingeing cuts to enforcement bodies’ funding and staffing are undermining environmental protection and public safety, according to a new partnership of campaign groups and professional bodies.

“The steep reduction in inspections and monitoring of regulated business in recent years risks undermining the achievement of public policy objectives, and the shift towards industry self-reporting leaves the regulatory system vulnerable to abuse. If enforcement teams are to continue their invaluable work to protect UK citizens, they must be properly equipped,” according to the founding statement of Unchecked.UK.

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