Labour’s Andrew Gwynne has accused the Government of undermining their own product safety strategy launched this August, in a report that reveals the unfair and unsafe cuts that have slashed Trading Standards capability across the country.
Labour research has found that spending on Trading Standards has been slashed in half since the Tories came to power – falling from £213 million in 2009, to £105 million in 2018-19.
The Shadow CLG Health Check report finds that:
- Trading standards budgets have seen cuts of £108 million under the Tories.
- More people are at risk of fraud after funding cuts have led to the downgrading of consumer protection, creating a postcode lottery.
- Routine inspections and sampling work have been replaced with a system based on just responding to consumer complaints.
- Between 2009-2016, the number of Trading Standards officers fell by 56%
To read the report in full, please visit: https://andrewgwynne.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/HC-Trading-Standards.pdf
Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said:
“Government cuts have turned our trading standards departments into a husk of what they once were.
“After Brexit, we need to ensure that our Trading Standards have the resources they need to ensure that unsafe goods are not allowed to flood the market – but yet, the Government continues to cut funding for local authorities, with the funding gap expected to grow to £8 billion by 2025.
“Our communities desperately need a Labour Government to ensure that our councils have the sustainable funding that they need.”