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
Often when someone makes a complaint to Trading Standards and no action is taken we often get asked why no action is being taken. Ultimately the answer comes down to money and paying for staff and associated costs. The public Continue reading What to Trading Standards HAVE to do?
Does halal/kosher food have to be labelled as such? No. However, if food is positively described as halal/kosher then it should be halal/kosher (i.e., not misleading). In order for it to be a legal requirement there would have to be Continue reading Does Halal / Kosher food have to be labelled?
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
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?
In this post I am going to talk about Action Fraud – but seeing as this is a Trading Standards blog, I will try and discuss issues that are relevant to Trading Standards. There is some overlap in the work Continue reading Trading Standards not dealing with complaints
Most people consider their medical records to be highly confidential and would not want them available to anyone else with their consent. But should they be able to? Let me give you two examples. 1 – a guy was offering Continue reading Should Trading Standards be able to access medical records?
We receive a lot of complaints from members of the public demanding that we do something about people cold calling at their doorstep. Dealing with these types of complaints is frustrating and a bit of a waste of time. Part Continue reading Doorstep cold calling – the law
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
This post was originally posted in August 2013. Some of the links are now dead and so have been removed. Earlier this year, the union Unison published a report that looked at what effect the budget cuts of the last Continue reading Cuts to Trading Standards – Unison Report