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Monday, 10 October 2016

Trading standards under pressure: was Liverpool right to impose cuts?

Local Government Lawyer reports a legal challenge initiated by a former trading standards officer, supported by the CTSI, against Liverpool City Council which had cut its trading standards department from 19 to four people.

CTSI say it is the second time that Liverpool have faced pressure to reduce the trading standards function. Local Government Lawyer reports that contempt of court proceedings were being brought in Manchester, and the question before the court concerned the adequacy of the Liverpool review. According to CTSI, the Council agreed to carry out a second review so, without admitting wrongdoing, it seems to have dealt with the contempt action.

The argument is based on the extensive range of statutory duties imposed on local authorities, and whether Liverpool's TSD was equipped to discharge them.

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