Vision and strategy
The trading standards workforce survey 2016 provides the most concise and up to date information available on the state of local authority trading standards services across England, Scotland and Wales. The final report provides factual information on trading standards budgets, staffing levels, specialist skills and structure within the local authority framework, alongside a number of 'policy perspectives' sections where CTSI provide comment on how these findings could effect service delivery on the ground in the near future.
In the two years since the last workforce survey (March 2014):
- staff numbers have fallen by a further 11.5%
- service budgets have dropped by a further 22% in real terms
- 81% of respondents feel that budget cuts have impacted their service’s ability to protect consumer residing within their authority.