Vision and strategy
The trading standards Workforce Survey 2017 provides the most concise and up to date information available on the state of local authority trading standards services across England, Scotland and Wales. It's no secret that trading standards funding has been stretched to dangerous levels in recent years, but analysis of the latest survey confirms a 50% fall in actual trading standards spending over the last seven years. 43% of services reported that they cannot deal with consumer detriment in their area, with the average per-head spend across the UK dropping to just £1.87. Further the survey shows:
- Since the 2016 workforce survey there has been a further 4.3% fall in average spending on trading standards
- 64% feel they cannot recruit or retain skills and expertise.
- Of the 82 services which responded to both this year’s and last year’s surveys, a further 48 trained professionals have left the profession.