Review of Trading Standards
The work of the Trading Standards team is focused on the following areas:
- Metrology (Weights and Measures), Explosives and Petroleum Licensing and Product Safety (Includes under age sales checks). This area includes a commercial metrology trading element.
- Enforcement, Fair Trade, Advice, Animal Health and Welfare (including a licensing function).
The service currently comprises 11.1 (FTE) staff and has an annual budget of £493,460 direct costs.
As part of the Council Savings Programme the budget for the Trading Standards Team is to be reduced by £50,000 per annum from 1 April 2015. This will reduce the service budget from £493,460 to £443,460 (approx. 10%)
Further information about the current service is available in the options paper.
What are the options?
Although there are many pieces of legislation that place a duty on Trading Standards to enforce there are no definitions of what is a minimum level of statutory service. This is partly because of the range and nature of the service demands on councils and that they will be very much dependent on the nature and type of businesses in that area.
The options include both those services that are considered to be a statutory duty and also those that are discretionary.
Option 1: Remove all discretionary functions (potential saving of £56,340)
This would involve no longer providing the following services:
- Lorry Watch (saving £15,024)
- Consumer advice and No Cold Calling Zones (saving £26,292)
- Trader Approval Scheme (saving £15,024)
Option 2: Withdrawal of most discretionary elements of work leaving some to cater to and protect the most vulnerable in society (potential saving up to £45,072)
- Lorry Watch: intelligence based enforcement of safety restrictions only (saving £11,268)
- Consumer advice and No Cold Calling Zones: Maintain some service to support existing NCC Zones but don’t support the development of others unless project funding to do so is found. No business advice to be provided. Scams bulletins sent to the most vulnerable to continue. Intelligence led specific advice only provided. (saving £18,780)
- Trader Approval Scheme: Allow a private company or another local authority to operate a trader approval scheme for South Gloucestershire Council. (saving £15,024)
Option 3: Only target proactive work to highest risk and random sample some medium and low risk
This option has already been implemented by the service in order to maximise use of existing resources and would not deliver any further savings. The council considers that the current level of provision is the minimum that enables us to meet the statutory minimum.
Option 4: Reduce Statutory Provision below that considered the mandatory provision (possible saving £50,000)
This option would require a reduction in service levels for some statutory functions
Option 5: Income Generation/Maximisation (No savings considered possible)
There are a number of areas where income generation could be considered by charging for some services and increasing some fees and charges
Option 6: Maintain the Status Quo (No savings made)
If the council chose to maintain the status quo and protect Trading Standards Team funding, savings of £50,000 per year would still need to be found from other council service areas. If you think the council should make savings from other services, please specify these and the reasons why in your response to this consultation.
Find out more and have your say
We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council should consider.
A copy of the initial draft equality impact assessment is available and we would also welcome comments on this.
Further information is available by contacting us using the details listed below or from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.
You can find out more or tell us your views by:
- Email: email@example.com
- Completing our consultation survey (also available to download)
- Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Trading Standards Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
- Phone: 01454 868154
If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about these proposals, please contact us using the details above to arrange.
This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.
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For further information or to comment on this consultation, please contact:
Post: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Trading Standards Review, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
Phone: 01454 868154