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BUDGET 2011: Pledge to review construction red tape

The government has promised to try to “take out redundancy and duplication” in construction standards and codes.

In its Growth Plan, published alongside the Budget today, the Treasury said it would remove overlapping or outdated standards and codes “where the costs outweigh the benefits”.

It said: “The government will work with industry between now and Budget 2012 to review construction standards and codes, to take out redundancy and duplication where the costsoutweigh the benefits.

“The existing stock of standards in the construction sector is huge. Many professional organisations have a range of several hundred publications to consult.75 There is no apparent mechanism to check whether the perceived need for a new standard can be met by reviewing or updating an existing one.

“The government will work with industry experts to identify and reduce duplication, redundancy and inconsistency in construction standards, based on cost-benefit analyses.”

Recommendations will be published at Budget 2012.

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