Trading standards

  • Guidance to 'reduce burdens' in pandemic issued

    26 January 2021

    Councils will be allowed to deprioritise some trading standards and health and safety work to focus on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit disruption.

  • It’s time to see trading standards as a value creator

    11 November 2019

    Trish Caldwell says that a new report really demonstrates the case for local trading standards services being a priority – and one that will add value to their communities.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Trading standards Brexit cash plea

    29 October 2019

    Councils have pleaded for extra Government cash amid fears Brexit will heap additional demands on trading standards officers.

  • Care services face five-day delays for medicines under no-deal Brexit

    09 October 2019

    The Government’s report on readiness for a no-deal Brexit has warned adult care services to prepare for delays in receiving medical products.

  • Funeral review could lead to new burdens

    13 August 2019

    A review of funeral services could lead to a ratings system for the industry and hand responsibility for poor practice to local government.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector fumes over lack of pre-Brexit briefing

    21 February 2019

    Councils have threatened to walk away from Government attempts to engage with them on Brexit amid growing frustrations about the response to their concerns.

  • The final countdown

    19 February 2019

    Dan Peters reports on how local authorities are making contingency plans for Brexit while also endeavouring to maintain an open dialogue with the relevant UK agencies.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Chiefs' no-deal Brexit capacity warning

    12 February 2019

    Council capacity will be stretched under a no-deal Brexit scenario, local authority chief executives have warned the Government.

  • Caught bag to rights

    12 July 2017

    In Diary’s opinion, trading standards are the unsung heroes on an unsung sector.

  • ‘Robust’ trading standards required

    05 October 2016

    Council chiefs have been urged to think carefully about their statutory duties when cutting services amid the threat of legal action.

  • Spend on trading standards falls dramatically

    08 August 2016

    The total trading standards spend in Britain has fallen dramatically, undermining the ability of councils to undertake complex prosecutions, it has been claimed.

  • Worcestershire to bring trading standards back in-house

    03 December 2015

    A district council leader has expressed her disappointment after Worcestershire CC decided to quit a shared service.

  • Safari, so goody

    22 September 2015

    Just when you thought local government had got through the horsemeat scandal and along comes another...But this time, it’s not just your plain old burgers from Iceland.

  • The money makers

    22 July 2015

    Dan Peters reports on the results of a joint The MJ, LGN and Localis study in which local authorities have highlighted income generation as a vital part of their survival.

  • Frozen’s chilling fraudsters

    17 February 2015

    It’s the bane of every parent’s life – particularly those with young daughters – and now the unstoppable force of Disney’s all-conquering film Frozen has prompted an avalanche of fake goods.

  • Authority launches national scheme for soft drinks sector

    03 February 2015

    Surrey CC has joined forces with the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) to launch a national trading standards scheme for the sector. Under the scheme, Association members including Coca-Cola and AG Barr will receive advice from Surrey Trading Standards about issues relating to food standards, safety and labelling.

  • Sharing the secrets of Sutton's safer success story

    30 January 2015

    Sutton LBC has benefited from an innovative decade-long anti-crime partnership with the Met Police, which has not just made the borough safer but also driven real cost-savings.

  • How we handled Hovelgate

    25 November 2014

    If Trading Standards is in your portfolio, dodgy schemes are just part of the job, explains Cllr John McCreesh, Cumbria CC environment portfolio holder.

  • Councils approve trading standards merger

    24 October 2014

    Surrey and Buckingham CC have approved plans to merge their trading standards services in a bid to save almost £400,000 a year.