The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has announced it will be joining forces with London Trading Standards (LTS) for its five-day consumer protection campaign, aimed at raising awareness among consumers and businesses in the capital.
With such a wide breadth of work conducted by trading standards services in Europe’s busiest city, each day of the London Trading Standards Week campaign will showcase a different area, including product safety, scams, second-hand goods, housing, and under-age sales.
LTS is a coordinated partnership of 33 local authority trading standards services across London, sharing intelligence and working collaboratively to ensure each service can maintain consumer protection despite severe cuts to public resources.
Leading expert in trading standards, Steve Playle, who speaks for LTS, says: “This is the second year that London Trading Standards will showcase the work it does to protect consumers and ensure reputable businesses can operate on a level playing field. Work carried out by trading standards officers across all the London Boroughs is crucial to the communities that they serve. It is also a golden opportunity to show how services can collaborate to highlight important issues.”
This year’s campaign will focus on the following areas:
Day 1, Monday 10 September – Product safety
Day 2, Tuesday 11 September – Scams and doorstep crime
Day 3, Wednesday 12 September – Buying a used car
Day 4, Thursday 13 September – Housing
Day 5, Friday 14 September – Protecting young people
Trading standards services and partners across the capital will be taking part in related activities each day. Bromley Trading Standards and the National Trading Standards Scams Team will be in Bromley shopping centre on Tuesday advising consumers on how they can protect themselves from scams. Hammersmith & Fulham Trading Standards team will be out on the final day of LTS Week with sniffer dogs to highlight and educate the public about the risks associated with illegal tobacco.
Chief Executive of CTSI, Leon Livermore, spoke enthusiastically about LTS Week: “I’m a great supporter of the London Trading Standards partnership. Its work to raise awareness of vital consumer issues and its unrelenting support of London businesses is something we should all aspire to.”
“The cooperative approach that the London authorities have taken is a great antidote to the wide-spread cuts to public resources.”