BRDO's remit covers the whole of the UK and we liaise with the devolved administrations as required by them.
In Wales, BRDO operates on the basis of a separate annual business plan with specific funding, overseen by a dedicated senior policy officer. The Welsh Government works with us to develop a consistent approach to delivering better regulation across the UK tailored to need. This has implications for the format and focus of the activities undertaken by regulatory services in various areas. A bespoke approach is also taken to business engagement, involving the Welsh Government Economic Team.
The resources section of the BRDO website was originally produced for the Welsh Government to assist Welsh regulators, drawing on work throughout the UK, with the emphasis on giving practical assistance.
When the Local Better Regulation Office was dissolved on 1 April 2012 its functions were transferred to the Secretary of State (for BIS) and Welsh Ministers, to be exercised by BRDO. The legislation that enabled this included a statutory obligation to create a Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers regarding the operation of BRDO within BIS.
This agreement aims to:
- position BRDO so that it can work effectively, both where the policies of UK and Welsh Ministers are aligned, and where there are differences relating to devolved issues;
- articulate the provisions of the legislation, enabling working practices to be adjusted to reflect the changes in legal powers and duties; and
- ensure continuity of effective working practices.
Wherever possible the intention has been to retain working practices that were in place between LBRO and Welsh Ministers.