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COSLA sees much to commend in the government's Consumer White Paper and welcomes it as a major step forward towards...
COSLA sees much to commend in the government's Consumer White Paper and welcomes it as a major step forward towards improving the rights of the consumer.

Commenting following the recent publication of the White Paper

COSLA representative on, and chair of, LACOTS, Brian Fallon

said: 'Local authorities are already recognised as having a key role to play in the whole area of consumer protection.

'The proposals to give councils more effective tools to deal with

rogue traders are particularly welcomed. COSLA has been calling for a

reform of the Fair Trading Act for a considerable length of time.

'Enabling councils to tighten up on rogue traders will not only be of

benefit to the consumer, it will help the vast majority of good traders who suffer as a result of the antics of the rogues.'

Cllr Fallon concluded: 'We recognise that improving co-ordination

of information between councils and the consistency of enforcement

activity will provide significant challenges, and we are already working on strengthening performance in these areas through our UK co-ordinating body LACOTS.'

LACOTS is the Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Food and Trading

Standards. Established by COSLA and its sister associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to co-ordinate council enforcement of food safety and trading standards.

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