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MJ Public Protection Award Finalists

MJAwardFullThank you to everyone who sent in a nomination for the TSI and CIEH sponsored MJ Public Protection Achievement Award, which is an opportunity for councils to showcase the best work being carried out by regulatory services and to highlight innovative examples of good practice

In a fantastic turn out we received double the nominations compared to previous years.   They have now been whittled down to six finalists:

•    Chelmsford – innovative use of animal welfare legislation to protect animals from harm and the  public from distress.

•    Forest of Dean - A simple but effective market intervention approach to deal with one of the most disruptive threats facing British infrastructure

•    Suffolk - A project that increased consumer confidence in buying from farm shops, supporting honest and legitimate businesses in creating a level playing field between producers and encouraging peer support legislative compliance methods.

•    Surrey County Council - An innovative and robust project which has paved a new path for energy companies and their use of cold calling.

•    Luton - This pilot project tested a new way of working with small, primarily food businesses in order to improve business compliance with food safety, health and safety and consumer protection standards

•    Bath - An  innovative public protection project on communicating risk to a diverse community and building positive engagement on a public health problem

The winner will be announced at the MJ Achievement Awards ceremony in London on 21 June 2012.

Six projects were also given a commendation as the judges felt that although they didn’t quite make it as a finalists, they still deserved a special mention:  

1.    London Borough of Bromley

2.    Cheshire West

3.    Croydon Council

4.    Derry City Council

5.    Gateshead

6.    Great Yarmouth

Operations and policy director Andy Foster said: “We were really pleased to see so many nominations come through this year from every corner of the United Kingdom.  The standard was great, it was very inspiring to read through them all, and they covered not just trading standards, but a wide range of departments.

“Well done to everyone for doing  all this excellent work and thank you for letting us know about it.

 “We have a fantastic set of finalists and commended nominations – I’m looking forward to finding out the winner in June.”