TSI President calls for ‘extraordinary consideration’
TSI President Baroness Crawley has written to the leaders of every council in England, Wales and Scotland expressing concern about the effect of the comprehensive spending review on the trading standards service.
In her letter Baroness Crawley said that the Trading Standards Institute is hugely concerned at and sympathetic to the funding and service delivery challenges the comprehensive spending review will have brought to the councils,
However, she drew attention to the recent announcements made by the Secretary of State for Business that warrant ‘extraordinary consideration’ for the Trading Standards Service.
Tackling crime and disorder, dealing with health inequalities, driving business growth and protecting the most vulnerable sections of the society from scams, rogues and loan sharks are just an example of how trading standards can shape improvements for neighbourhoods nationwide.
Baroness Crawley said: “My letter should not be seen as being protectionist. On the contrary the Institute is a progressive organisation that believes in supporting modern local government.”
“But modern local government, as far as trading standards is concerned is being asked to take on more responsibility than ever and it can only do that where front-line trading standards are sustained not scaled back...the consumer and businesses that you serve will now be depending on you doing just that.”
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