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Working Smarter means providing a measured and appropriate regulatory framework for our customers, the farmers of Wales.

In August 2011, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies, underlined his determination to reduce bureaucracy for farmers in Wales to allow them to focus on farming and on maximising their profits.

An independent adviser (Gareth Williams) was appointed to consider whether the regulatory framework that applied to farmers in Wales was measured and appropriate. He presented a report of recommendations to Ministers in December 2011.

The Working Smarter programme took forward the work undertaken previously under the former Minister, Elin Jones' Red Tape Review, and considered the Macdonald report in England. The Macdonald report made recommendations on changes to existing legislation that could have implications for Wales.

You can submit your thoughts to the Working Smarter team by e-mail:

The Welsh Government response to the working smarter update report – Growing together the Welsh farm business

This report sets out our progress on the 74 recommendations as at March 2013.

Working Smarter - Growing Together the Welsh Farm Business

This report sets out to explain what has been delivered on better regulations so far.

Working Smarter - Recommendation Progress Update

The recommendations are being implemented as intended and that milestones are being achieved.

Welsh Government official response to the Working Smarter report

On 31 January 2012, the Working Smarter report was published, which recommends a simplified and improved way of working for both regulators and farmers in Wales.

Working Smarter - A report of recommendations to the Welsh Government on better regulation in farming

In August 2011, the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science (BETS), Mrs Edwina Hart, and the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Mr Alun Davies, requested a report to investigate the regulatory burden on Welsh farmers and land managers in Wales.