Regulatory reform and competition policy

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Red tape and entry barriers need to be reduced and the governance of state-owned enterprises improved. The competition framework is sound but independence of oversight and enforcement of the Competition Law need strengthening.
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To mitigate credit cycles and enhance financial stability a higher minimum leverage ratio for global systemic banks should be considered and regulatory oversight by the bank of England should be gradually extended beyond the banking sector.
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Barriers to trade remain high. More competition in food, retail and telecommunication sectors would create jobs over time and lower prices. The competition authority (SIC) needs more independence.
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