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Business impact target reporting

Under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, a new government must set a target for the economic impact on business of qualifying regulatory provisions made during the course of the Parliament. This is the business impact target (BIT).

The Enterprise Act 2016 brought the actions of regulators into the government’s deregulation target.

The policy objectives of the BIT are to:

  • reduce regulatory burdens on business and voluntary or community bodies, to free up resources and boost productivity
  • increase transparency around the impact of regulation on business
  • provide greater incentives for regulators to design and deliver policies that better meet the needs of business while respecting regulators’ primary duties.

Statutory regulators must publish:

  • their qualifying regulatory provisions (QRPs)
  • an assessment of the economic impact on business of those QRPs
  • a summary of regulatory provisions that are non-qualifying regulatory provisions (NQRPs).

The Department for Education undertook an assessment of the economic impact assessment of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, submitting the assessment to the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) for verification. These costed qualifying regulatory provisions contributed to the assessment of progress towards the BIT during this Parliament.

The OfS is required to assess the impact of any changes to current regulatory activity which impacts on business.

There are statutory and administrative exemptions which mean that some activity is viewed as non-qualifying regulatory provision and does not need to be costed.

Summary statements

Published 14 June 2019
Last updated 19 December 2022
19 December 2022
Summary statement for 17 December 2021 to 16 December 2022 published
14 February 2022
Added: Summary statement for the non-qualifying regulatory provisions that came into force during the reporting period Dec 2020 - Dec 2021.
17 February 2021
Added summary for December 2019-December 2020

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