The Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) commissioned RAND Europe in 2009 to undertake an evaluation of the Primary Authority scheme (Primary Authority). Primary Authority enables businesses that operate across local authority boundaries to form a statutory partnership with a single local authority for certain areas of regulation. The evaluation involved undertaking research with stakeholders, local authorities (including those acting as primary authorities) and businesses. The evaluation examined the perceptions of participants and non-participants in Primary Authority and the experiences of those involved including the benefits of the scheme. The study highlighted the ways in which Primary Authority has created some challenges to previously established behaviours and work processes in a local authority regulatory environment. This report presents the findings of the evaluation.
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