Council raises awareness for Trading Standards week
Barking and Dagenham Council are once again playing their part in helping to promote Trading Standards week as they look to protect residents.
Across the capital every council has a role to play as the five-day campaign raises awareness of consumer issues and ensures legitimate businesses can thrive.
There will be a different theme every day, so residents and businesses can get access to important information and ensure they are being protected.
Monday saw the importance of ensuring your car is safe to drive as almost three quarters (74%) of used tyres inspected by trading standards failed to meet legal safety standards.
Barking and Dagenham have participated in the London-wide Tyre project and 18 businesses were visited and advised on tyre safety.
Scams and doorstep crime will be the major talking points on Tuesday.
The Council has played a prominent part in helping to promote this scheme and ran a Scams Awareness stand in Barking market which proved to be a major success with local residents.
There were also borough patrols with the police to check compliance of building works contractors and those working on private properties for authorisation and agreement.
Londoners have been prevented from being ripped off by over £2 million over the last 12 months
Wednesday’s theme is warning people about buying used cars, as statistics show that a fifth of used cars advertised through online platforms have unresolved or outstanding safety issues.
If you have encountered a problem with a letting agent, Thursday will be a useful tool to help anyone affected with housing issues.
The Council has been carrying out inspections across the borough to ensure letting agents are disclosing their fees membership status, client money protection scheme and membership of redress scheme and has so far issued Notices of Intent to eight companies totalling £105,000.
The final day will be focused on protecting young people as knives and alcohol are still being sold to children as young as 13 in London.
130 test purchases for knives have taken place in the last 18 months
Over the past 18 months Barking and Dagenham Trading Standards officers have conducted 130 test purchases for knives using young volunteers.
Although the majority refused to sell to underage customers, a total of 11 shops failed the test which resulted in enforcement action and prosecutions against businesses with one being ordered to pay £6000 after being taken to court.
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety said: “There are a number of issues that affect our residents on a daily basis and it is crucial that schemes like this one are highlighted so consumers and businesses are given every piece of information to ensure they are protected.
“Barking and Dagenham Trading Standards Team have taken major efforts to catch out individuals and businesses who are not playing by the rules and have taken the strongest possible action.
“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in the borough and our enforcement officers are working around the clock to bring these people to justice.”