Commenting on the publication of the National Audit Office report into Reducing the Cost of Complying with Regulations Sally Low, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "The NAO's findings are a warning for Government that must be heeded. The report highlights that the Government urgently needs to refocus on delivering outcomes for firms that will make a difference to the day-to-day running of businesses. A flurry of initiatives without adequate follow up will achieve nothing for our business members and it is extremely worrying that an independent assessment casts doubt on the effectiveness of this flagship initiative. "Government needs to realise that this agenda is a priority for our members which we cannot afford to ignore if we want to remain internationally competitive. Ultimately until government looks at regulation as a last resort then we will continue to see the regulatory burden increase. Our Burdens Barometer figure for 2007 was more than £55bn and this steady increase needs to be challenged effectively".