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Trading standards experts respond to Gov 'cutting red tape' review

Posted 09/03/16

Responding to the ‘cutting red tape’ review of local authority-enforced regulation, announced by the government today, Leon Livermore, Chartered Trading Standards Institute chief executive, said:

“This is just another kick in the teeth for UK consumers who have heard enough talk and now they need action.

“The government has already reviewed trading standards services, undoubtedly found they are under resourced, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t publish and act on the findings.

“This is what they said they would do two weeks ago, in a major product recall review, but with this further review they are shifting focus from a core issue without answering any questions.

“Worse still it comes after the emissions scandal, exploding hoverboards and now tumble dryers putting millions at risk - some of the biggest consumer safety issues in living memory.”

Details of the ‘cutting red tape’ review are here: https://cutting-red-tape.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/local-authorities/

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