Strong rules protect our families, safeguard our green spaces, support the most vulnerable, and allow UK businesses to thrive. In short, they underpin much of what we care about.

But these rules only work if they are strong enough, and if they’re properly enforced. Most businesses take pride in doing the right thing, but others will take every opportunity to cut costs by cutting corners. Banking scandals, the financial crisis, the horsemeat scandal, VW fiddling their emissions tests, fly-tipping and waste crime, the pollution of our rivers, and wildlife persecution – we’ve all seen what can happen when damaging activity is left unchecked.

Over the years, many of our most important protections have been eroded by successive governments, and the enforcement teams which defend them have been cut to the bone.

This leaves rogue businesses free to undermine the rules that we take for granted, risking the health of our families and our natural environment. We think people deserve better. Unchecked works with organisations and individuals across the spectrum of civil society to make the case for stronger protections of the things that matter to British people.

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THE UK’S ENFORCEMENT GAP: READ THE BRIEFING

Strong rules protect our families, safeguard our green spaces, support the most vulnerable, and allow UK businesses to thrive. In short, they underpin much of what we care about.

But these rules only work if they are strong enough, and if they’re properly enforced. Most businesses take pride in doing the right thing, but others will take every opportunity to cut costs by cutting corners. Banking scandals, the financial crisis, the horsemeat scandal, VW fiddling their emissions tests, fly-tipping and waste crime, the pollution of our rivers, and wildlife persecution – we’ve all seen what can happen when damaging activity is left unchecked.

Over the years, many of our most important protections have been eroded by successive governments, and the enforcement teams which defend them have been cut to the bone.

This leaves rogue businesses free to undermine the rules that we take for granted, risking the health of our families and our natural environment. We think people deserve better. Unchecked works with organisations and individuals across the spectrum of civil society to make the case for stronger protections of the things that matter to British people.


THE UK’S ENFORCEMENT GAP: READ THE BRIEFING