Our Bureaucracy

There are simply too many rules and regulations including health and safety governing the UK, be it in business or the NHS, police or educational bodies. Bureaucracy costs our industries and organisations too much time and money and any savings would be far better spent on new products, design and research and investing in the future whether its manpower or machinery. A systemic review of the rules and regulations that govern us would be undertaken by New Independent Centralists, NIC. The focus would be to simplify the rule book either by amending or repelling rules that are simply not necessary and where commonsense should prevail. To undertake such a task, would be both long and arduous but absolutely necessary; it would allow industry and services to flourish.

There are Acts, such as the Human Rights Act, which are clearly being abused, that require further clarification and amendment and should be suspended until corrected. In the Family Courts, for instance, the law as it currently stands favours the mother: huge amounts of time and money are spent by the Courts and police ensuring the rule is not breeched. What the law should state is that each parent has an equal right to see their offspring. This one but very important change would mean an end to custody battles and non molestation court orders.

The Civil Procedural Rules is another book of rules for the governance of legal cases but maybe used in a court of law to overrule Acts of Parliament. Again, this rule book would have to be reviewed and amended

The UK’s membership of the European Court of Human Rights would also be reviewed.

Government sets targets for various public bodies such as the NHS and the police service. The NHS is made up of surgeons, doctors and nurses. They know what they do, they try and save lives. The police know what they do, prevent crime. So why do governments set targets as they have no purpose in the real world. Targets distract from the reality of what the NHS and police should actually be doing. Successive governments use targets just so that they may claim to have succeeded in meeting their goals; this is, of course, not true. In reality, targets are political myths which have no meaning.

Quangos are another area of bureaucracy created by governments and politicians in order to deflect any blame away from them. Quangos cost vast amounts of money and in fact there are so many, the government does not know how many there are, let alone what they are supposed to do. All quangos and their roles would be reviewed and incorporated into the relevant departments and answerable to the minister responsible, who will in turn be answerable to us.

Education is measured by league tables and as a result schools and their teachers focus solely on achieving good results and pupils are only taught the curriculum. In reality, league tables produce a two tier educational system; high achieving schools attract the best pupils and the best teachers. Education should be more rounded and diverse and league tables are not required. The examination structure will be simplified. A national school reading volunteer group would be introduced to help pupils achieve a higher standard of reading and education.

Gift Aid is essentially a tax subsidy given to charities by government but there is a common misconception about charitable organisations. There are two sides to any charity, one is income which is run as a business like any company and the other is their good works which are funded by the business side; most charities also rely upon volunteers which help to maximise their income. Gift Aid is a bureaucratic and time consuming procedure. NIC would replace the current process by introducing a percentage reduction to their corporation tax.

NIC will slash bureaucracy and abolish targets.