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SURVEY REVEALS SUPPORT FOR NAMING AND SHAMING COWBOY BUILDERS

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A national opinion poll commissioned by Surrey CC on behalf of trading standards departments has found that nine ou...
A national opinion poll commissioned by Surrey CC on behalf of trading standards departments has found that nine out of 10 people believe officials should be given the power to publicly name and shame - and ban - cowboy builders.

Contract Journal (p5) reports that the findings, which involved 1,000 interviews and were revealed last week at the Institute of Trading Standards annual conference, offer the biggest indication yet that the public would support legislation on the issue.

Surrey's trading standards officer Peter Denard said: 'The public is crying out for this information. We already publicise details of prosecutions that we take, but this is only in the public eye for a short space of time and often the sentences imposed are no detrrent.

'What we'd really like to see is a website and listings that consumers could search so that they can stay clear of businesses who no only break the law, but who also act unfairly and cause high levels of complaints for consumers.'
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