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LOCAL CO-OPERATION 'KEY TO CONSUMER PROTECTION'

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John Bridgeman, director general of the office of fair trading, has said that a wide partnership approach, incluldi...
John Bridgeman, director general of the office of fair trading, has said that a wide partnership approach, inclulding local authorities and the Welsh assembly, is required to ensure greater consumer protection in Wales, reported The Western Mail (15 April, p32).

Addressing a Cardiff conference on Friday, Mr Bridgeman said: 'Local action should be taken by local agencies to deal with local consumer problems.'

'I know of no other major country that attempts to protect consumers from local rogue traders so much by means of a central government institution - the office of fair trading,' he added.

'The government, thankfully, now accepts that a broadened enforcement base provides the best possible protection for local consumers. Under a package of government proposals, local authorities stand to gain additional powers to protect consumers.

'My officials will wish to work closely with local authorities to ensure that appropriate and compliant partnership schemes can be agreed.'
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