Employing ex Police officers in a Trading Standards or regulatory service

In my work I regularly work with the Police – we pass each other information and we regularly do joint working. I’ve met hundreds of Police officers from multiple forces over the years. This post isn’t about bashing Police officers. Continue reading Employing ex Police officers in a Trading Standards or regulatory service

Coronavirus – price increases / rip off

Retailers are increasing their prices during the corona virus outbreak – what can Trading Standards do? There is no law that says retailers cannot increase prices as and when they want. We live in a supposedly capitalist free market economy Continue reading Coronavirus – price increases / rip off

Do we need a national Trading Standards department?

In England, Scotland and Wales, Trading Standards departments are delivered via local councils. I believe there are around 200 trading standards departments. In Northern Ireland the Trading Standards department is provided by one department. Do we need a national UK Continue reading Do we need a national Trading Standards department?

Trading Standards inspections – giving two days notice

This post was originally posted in August 2013. The requirement to give two days notice is now in force. As I expected it means a lot of extra paperwork and a reduction in inspections. ———– Some coverage in the media Continue reading Trading Standards inspections – giving two days notice