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Vape industry proposes alcohol-style licensing scheme


A first-of-its kind licensing framework for the UK vape industry is being put forward in Parliament today.

The Trading Standards Crisis


John Herriman, chief executive at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, discusses the impact of the local government funding crisis on Trading Standards.

Only one in 20 illegal vape sellers fined


Illegal vapes were seized from nearly 3,000 unscrupulous sellers last year, but only one in 20 were issued fines, new FOI requests have revealed.

Council seizes £55k of illegal supersize vapes


Supersize vapes with tanks many times the size of the UK legal limit were among a recent £55,000 haul made by Westminster City Council from one West End shop.

Disposable vapes to be banned


Disposable vapes will be banned in the UK to protect children’s health, the Government announced today.

Vape sniffer dog uncovers £18.5k of contraband


A sniffer dog has helped Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards team uncover thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit e-cigarettes and tobacco.

‘Candy store’ numbers drop as council crackdown continues


Westminster City Council has seen some success in its clampdown on Oxford Street's US-style ‘candy stores’, with the number dropping to 21 from 29.

Council seizes £32,000 of illegal tobacco


North Somerset Council has seized £32,000 worth of illegal tobacco from premises in Weston-super-Mare.

Enfield trading standards cuts risk public safety


Enfield Council is at risk of becoming the first local authority without a Trading Standards team after a decision to let go of three quarters of the team.

Council helps Premier League stop £7m streaming fraud


Five men who illegally streamed Premier League matches have been jailed following a trading-standards investigation led by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Crackdown on sale of vapes to children launched


A review of the rules governing the sale of vapes to under 18s could make it easier for local Trading Standards to issue fines and fixed penalty notices.

Westminster council takes on tax avoiding candy stores


Westminster City Council has declared war on US-style candy and souvenir stores that are failing to pay business rates or selling illegal or unsafe goods.

Rochdale council disrupts £65m counterfeit goods network


The trading standards team at Rochdale Borough Council has disrupted a criminal counterfeit goods operation worth up to £65m a year.

Barnet Council ‘insources’ services after decade-long campaign


More than 300 staff in Barnet are to be transferred back to council employment after a decade-long union campaign.

Retailers could be fined up to £1m for selling knives to children


Large retailers selling to knives to children could be fined up to £1m under new proposals, after a London council warned the current sentences did not reflect the seriousness of the offence.

Support for air quality enforcement


Bruce Allen says councils need more knowledge and support to enforce the ban on selling and using wet wood and house coal for burning at home.

Council given power to remove dangerous goods from eBay


Local authorities will be able to report and remove illegal or unsafe items from eBay under a new pilot scheme.

Local authorities struggling to enforce rules on chemical safety


Councils unable to enforce rules on chemical safety as new research shows one in four products tested contain dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals.

Councils warn about surge in virus-related scams


Council leaders have reported a 40% increase in reported scams since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

Councils to enforce business closures during Covid-19


Local authorities will be responsible for ensuring businesses and other venues are closed to safeguard public health.

Trading standards officers seize bottles of ‘harmful’ hand sanitizer


Trading standards enforcement officers in Birmingham have seized bottles of potentially harmful hand sanitizer from a trader looking to capitalize on the coronavirus outbreak.

Council chiefs warn of ‘fake toys’ danger


Local authority leaders have warned people to be careful of counterfeit toys and suspect online sellers in the run up to Christmas following recent seizures of harmful products.

Trading standards services surviving despite being ‘hit hard by austerity’


Over 20 million illegal products have been detained by local trading standards services in the last year despite Government cuts, a new report has revealed.

Council secures ‘unusual’ legal order against home improvement firms


Gateshead Council has used a little-used piece of legislation to take enforcement action against two home improvement agencies.

Councils issue warning over toxic skin-lightening creams


Local government leaders have warned of the dangers of skin-lightening creams that 'act like paint stripper' and increase the risk of cancer.

County council’s trading standards team seizes £23m of unsafe items


A trading standards team in Suffolk has seized nearly one million unsafe consumer items at the Port of Felixstowe.

Dangerous tyres putting lives at risk, warn councils


Part-worn tyres are being sold with serious safety defects, unsafe repairs and incorrect labelling, council leaders have warned.

Investigators warn councils of ‘chameleon fraudsters’


Investigators have warned councils to be wary of fraudsters as report reveals one in eight disqualified company directors avoid detection and still have active directorships.

Councils call for extra funding to tackle illegal knife sales


The prosecution fund to help councils tackle illegal knife sales needs urgent investment, town hall chiefs have warned.

Councils call for extra funding to stop UK being flooded with unsafe products


Council leaders have warned new national bodies are not the best way to protect the UK from unsafe products.

Sector fumes over lack of pre-Brexit briefing


Councils have threatened to walk away from Government attempts to engage with them on Brexit amid growing frustrations about the response to their concerns.

Consumer enforcement system on ‘verge of collapse’, report warns


The consumer enforcement system is too reliant on overstretched local authorities and is on ‘the verge of collapse’, watchdog says.

Popular council services could be swallowed by £8bn funding black hole


Many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to a £8bn funding black hole, council leaders have warned today.

Councils struggle to stop rogue retailers selling knives to children


Local authority leaders have called for more powers to crack down on retailers illegally selling knives to children.

Councils defend use of fake facebook profiles


Councils in North Wales have defended their right to use fake Facebook profiles to gather information on illegal activities.

Fake cosmetics ‘dangerous’, warn council chiefs


Thousands of pounds worth of dangerous fake cosmetics have been uncovered across the country by trading standards officers, local government leaders warn.

Cuts to trading standards putting older people at risk of fraud, warns charity


Cuts to trading standards services are leaving millions of older people at risk of fraud, according to Age UK.

County at ‘crisis point’ announces revised budget


Northamptonshire County Council has announced revised budget savings after being warned by auditors to revise its spending plans.

Faulty white goods causing 60 house fires a week


Faulty white goods are causing more than 60 house fires a week, a new investigation by Which? has revealed.

Councils could be allowed to replace ‘poorly performing’ funfairs, Gov says


The main trade body for funfairs has agreed to change its rules in response to the Government’s claim that they ‘break competition law’.

Council prosecutes letting agent for issuing ‘sham licences’


Islington Council has successfully prosecuted a letting agent for issuing ‘sham licences’ in the first prosecution of its kind.

Councils call for action to halt illegal knife sales


Town hall bosses have called for tougher fines and sentences to stop shops illegally selling knives to children.

Product safety system is ‘putting lives at risk’ warns watchdog


The UK’s product safety and recall system is not fit for purpose and lacks national oversight, a new report has warned today.

Enforcement regime on displaying agent fees ‘failing’, survey reveals


The enforcement regime on displaying agent fees is ‘failing’, says licensing group as survey reveals the majority of councils are not issuing penalties for non-compliance.

Hi-tech ‘nuisance call’ blockers to be given to elderly


Elderly and vulnerable people are to be given hi-tech devices to block nuisance calls.

Motorists warned not to ‘dice with death’ with second-hand tyres


Motorists should not ‘dice with death’ by buying illegally sold second-hand tyres, council chiefs warn.

Consumer protection bodies ‘underfunded’, auditors say


Local Trading Standards services are expected to enforce hundreds of pieces of legislation while their funding and staffing numbers are cut, auditors warn.

Vaping products included in tobacco council survey


E-cigarettes and products associated with vaping have been included in a survey of the activity of council trading standards teams for the first time.

Councils warned to have 'robust' trading standards


Councils have been warned to think carefully about their statutory duties when cutting services amid the threat of legal action.

Mamma mia! Council identifies ham and cheese pizzas...without ham or cheese


A quarter of takeaway pizzas fail to contain the ingredients listed, an investigation by Warwickshire County Council has found.

Kent first approved council to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution services


Kent has become the first local authority to be approved to provide Alternative Dispute Resolution services to consumers in a bid to resolve their complaints with traders.

Retailers ‘flout’ laws on selling e-cigarettes to children


Four in ten retailers flout the laws on nicotine inhaling products, study shows.

Rogue companies dump more than 1,000 cars near Gatwick Airport


A investigation by two councils and the police has uncovered more than a 1,000 vehicles abandoned by rogue parking operators in a boggy field near Gatwick Airport.

Councils back ‘legal high’ ban


Local authorities have welcomed a new law banning so-called ‘legal highs’, which comes into force today (26 May).

Councils call for action on 'dangerous' teeth whitening kits


Council leaders are urging people not to use ‘dangerous’ DIY teeth whitening kits, warning they can cause mouth infections and damage to nerves and tooth enamel.

Sunday trading hours to be extended


Councils will be given powers to extend Sunday trading hours under new regulations expected to be announced in the autumn.

Illegally imported puppies given as Christmas presents may die within hours, warn local government leaders


Illegally imported puppies given as Christmas presents may become sick or even die within hours, local government leaders have warned.

Derbyshire pizzas fail the ingredients test


Food outlets in Derbyshire have been warned to label their products properly after an investigation found more than two thirds of ham and cheese pizzas did not contain the right ingredients.

Operation reveals extent of under-age cigarette sales


An investigation has found almost a fifth of retailers sell cigarettes to children with the figure rising to around a quarter in London.

Government urged to radically reform structure of trading standards


Local authority trading standards services should be abolished and replaced with larger, strategic authorities, according to a professional institute.

Councils seize toxic cigarettes in illegal trade crack down


Local authorities have seized millions of black market cigarettes containing high-levels of cancer causing chemicals as part of a crack down on illegal trade.

Takeaway meat scare prompts prioritised council testing


Councils are being asked to examine 300 food samples from takeaway restaurants, after lamb dishes across the UK were revealed to contain substitute meat.

'Dramatic' trading standards cuts will hit consumers


Trading standards budget cuts of 40% have been damned as a ‘false economy’ by trade union Unison.

Union: Cuts decimating trading standards


Spending cuts and staffing reductions are ‘decimating’ council trading standards services, trade union Unison has warned.

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