The External Validation Panel who was tasked to carry out this role is made up of representatives from the British Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors, Trade Union Congress and Engineering Employers Federation (the Panel also included representatives from Confederation of British Industry in previous years). The Panel is chaired by an independent, who was formerly a member of the Better Regulation Commission.
They were asked to validate savings delivered to date to ensure they are felt by business, testing the assumptions and processes underpinning the top simplification measures Departments had delivered. At their first meeting in October 2008 they focused on the simplification measures responsible for 80% of the delivered savings as at May 2008, totalling £1.8bn. The Panel also tasked the Better Regulation Executive, along with Departments, to re-review all remaining simplification measures delivering savings of more than £10m at May 2008 to ensure they were credible. This led to additional gross savings of [£121.3m] being validated.
The Panel met again in July 2009 and chose to scrutinise new measures (and measures delivering additional savings) realising annual savings of over £10m since October 2008. This resulted in the scrutiny of 31 measures. The Panel also wanted to ensure that all Departments claiming savings had at least one of their measures scrutinised. As a result of this, the Panel has validated 77.5% of all savings, as at May 2009.
The Panel will meet for the final time in June 2010 to validate delivery between May 2009 and May 2010.