TSI responds to Localism Bill
Ron Gainsford, Chief Executive for the Trading Standards Institute, has responded to the Localism Bill which was published yesterday (13.12.10).
He said: 'Power is being placed by the Coalition Government with local government through the Localism Bill, but greater power is being placed with the local electorate and local communities to call their councils to account and to drive their service and spend priorities.
'We believe local communities, people, economies and employment will disproportionately suffer if the vital role and contribution of trading standards services are eroded by local authority job and funding cuts. They achieve so much for so little cost and we expect local consumers and businesses to hold to account any council that fails to protect them from rogue traders, scams, fraud, unsafe products, counterfeiting and the many other malpractices that will flourish in the absence of meaningful trading standards intervention. All this is at a time when hard pressed consumers can ill afford to be fleeced or find local support lacking or absent.
'We also note and welcome the clause finally abolishing home information packs.'
The Localism Bill:
The Bill was described by Eric Pickles as something that will 'herald a ground-breaking shift in power to councils and communities, overturning decades of central government control and starting a new era of people power.'
The progress of the Bill can be seen at http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/localism.html