Our Vision for trading standards
CTSI has published a new vision of larger, strategic trading standards authorities to replace the current structure of 200 local authority services, which, in the face of more budget cuts to come, is no longer sustainable. The current delivery model for trading standards service is broken and we are urging the government to face the facts and act fast – before it is too late.
Our new vision is based on a number of key principles that any new strategic model will be shaped by. This means strategic services will:
- Be accountable to the citizens and businesses they serve to ensure they address current concerns and the needs of local communities
- Be visible to consumers, businesses and policy makers to ensure the contribution of services is recognised and valued
- Support and value a professional and skilled workforce
- Ensure that services are intelligence led and are able to deploy resources to maximise impact
- Be driven by strong leaders that are able to give strategic direction to the service and make a contribution to issues that impact at a regional and national level
A joint statement on trading standards
Following the publication of the vision earlier this year, there has been a large amount of debate within the profession about the future of the service.
In recent months we have worked with ACTSO, SCOTSS, WHoTS and Northern Ireland trading standards to create a joint statement on the state of trading standards and identified areas of concern where the reviews should focus their attention.
We have written to the new consumer minister Nick Boles calling for an urgent review on the future of the service – we look forward to his response.
The Vision was first published in April 2015 and is an ongoing project for the Institute. If you would like more information on the the Vision please contact the policy team (firstname.lastname@example.org).