A new bill which aims to streamline and make regulation more effective has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.
The Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill will create more favourable business conditions for Scotland, bring greater efficiency and consistency to public services and help improve the environment.
It will lead to the introduction of national regulatory standards and introduce a duty for regulators to contribute to sustainable economic growth as well as improve the performance of planning authorities by establishing a legislative link between planning fees and performance. It will also make it easier to bring legal challenges to offshore marine energy decisions.
In terms of the environment, the Bill will lead to a more streamlined and risk-based approach to environmental regulation and introduce tougher enforcement tools so that SEPA can tackle poor environmental performance, non-compliance and environmental crime more effectively.
A full Briefing Note is currently being prepared and will be available to members soon.