The UK’s Enforcement Gap

20.08.2019

Strong rules help to make sure that the air we breathe and the water we drink is clean, that our food is safe and correctly labelled, our natural spaces are being looked after, and the products we buy are safe.

Strong rules protect the most vulnerable in society and provide a level playing-field for British businesses. They allow us to get on with all the things we want to do in life, secure in the knowledge that ourselves and our loved ones are safe. They are part of what we have come to expect, and it’s common sense to maintain them.

But over the years, the agencies which enforce the rules have had their budgets substantially reduced. Strapped for cash and short on staff, many watchdogs no longer have the tools for the important jobs they do.

Most businesses take pride in acting responsibly and fairly. But, left unchecked, rogue operators are free to undermine the protections that we take for granted.

Unchecked UK is a new campaign which investigates the UK’s shrinking enforcement capacity andexposes the real-world costs of the failure to properly enforce the rules.

This briefing outlines some of our findings. Over the coming months, Unchecked will carry out in-depth investigations into the real-world impacts of weak enforcement in important areas of public protection.

Download the briefing

The UK’s Enforcement Gap

20.08.2019

Strong rules help to make sure that the air we breathe and the water we drink is clean, that our food is safe and correctly labelled, our natural spaces are being looked after, and the products we buy are safe.

Strong rules protect the most vulnerable in society and provide a level playing-field for British businesses. They allow us to get on with all the things we want to do in life, secure in the knowledge that ourselves and our loved ones are safe. They are part of what we have come to expect, and it’s common sense to maintain them.

But over the years, the agencies which enforce the rules have had their budgets substantially reduced. Strapped for cash and short on staff, many watchdogs no longer have the tools for the important jobs they do.

Most businesses take pride in acting responsibly and fairly. But, left unchecked, rogue operators are free to undermine the protections that we take for granted.

Unchecked UK is a new campaign which investigates the UK’s shrinking enforcement capacity andexposes the real-world costs of the failure to properly enforce the rules.

This briefing outlines some of our findings. Over the coming months, Unchecked will carry out in-depth investigations into the real-world impacts of weak enforcement in important areas of public protection.

Download the briefing