WHAT I SAID ON BBC 1 TV ECONOMY PROGRAMME

23 Mar

Problems continually occur where the public and private sector interface, especially where there is a rule book to follow.

Predominantly those in planning in particular have little or no experience of business especially in the areas of risk taking, financial controls, cashflows and the reality of delivering a profit that will employ people.

We have to establish a realistic approach, the UK already has a reputation for “gold-plating” regulation, that is following the rules to the letter rather than as a sensible guide.

There is inflexibility and non-conformity between locations i.e. local councils and then between the individuals enforcing the regulation. Too often it has degenerated to an enforcement officer’s personal opinion.

There is also poor communication between the various bodies where and when one or more regulatory bodies have to contribute to decisions eg: highways and building regs.

The problems highlighted with planning are a demonstration of a generic symptom. An environment founded on punishment rather than encouragement. A process of penalties rather than guidance.

However life is not that simple as there are always people attempting to bend the rules so much is based upon dealing with the lowest common denominator.

It needs to have flexibility and reality as its base line.

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