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.
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.