London Trading Standards end of year report published

London Trading Standards has published its end of year report setting out key achievements from 2017-18. The summary demonstrates the benefits of working together as a region, saving money for our members and raising the profile of local Trading Standards services in London. Read about our achievements in our end of year report for 2017-18
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LTS campaign on illegal skin lighteners sees another prosecution

Secret haul of 2,500 products being seized is caught on camera London Trading Standards campaign against illegal skin lighteners has resulted in another successful prosecution, with fines and costs totalling £48,942, plus the imposition of a 15 week suspended prison sentence. Shaba Hair & Cosmetics (Peckham) Limited, and former Director Mr Banaras Hussain, was sentenced
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London Trading Standards calls for changes to the London lettings landscape and increased partnership working

London Trading Standards is taking the lead in seeking to stimulate and encourage more partnership working, in order to help stand up for London’s tenants and reputable landlords, and improve the rental experience for consumers. On 25 January 2018, London Trading Standards held its first ever lettings focused seminar entitled Agenda for Change – London
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Christmas shoppers advised to beware of online fraud

London Trading Standards is concerned about the capital’s Christmas shoppers putting themselves at risk of online fraud this season. The advice is to take your time and do your research before you click that ‘buy’ button. This follows new research showing that more than two thirds of online shoppers surveyed leave out key safety checks,
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Caught in a trap? Millions still unclear about what they sign up for

Have you ever been locked into a subscription for an offering you didn’t sign up for? Or maybe you know someone else who has? It’s estimated that two million people across the UK still experience issues cancelling regular subscription payments that they didn’t even realise they had authorised. Now to help with the issue two
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Trading Standards are keeping London safe over bonfire night

Figures published by London Trading Standards show the good news that the vast majority of shops across the capital are rightly refusing to sell fireworks to young people. It is illegal to sell “adult” fireworks (category F2) to anyone under 18. In 2016, 256 firework test purchases were attempted by 22 London Trading Standards departments,
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Three more London skin lightener prosecutions results in fines of £56,000

London Trading Standards campaign against illegal skin lightening products has seen further success. Since August three more businesses have been successfully prosecuted including, for the first time, an online seller. In Barking & Dagenham the owner of a beauty salon received a three-month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay fines and costs of over
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Young Consumers go head to head at City Hall

The Mayor of London’s Peer Outreach Team hosted the London Regional Final of the Young Consumers of the Year competition on Friday 6th October at London’s City Hall. Young Consumers of the Year was developed as a trading standards educational initiative to help equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make well
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LTS Week, Day 5 – Product safety failures found at 1 in 3 second-hand electrical shops

London Trading Standards survey finds safety failures at 1 in 3 second-hand electrical shops Following serious fires in London caused by defective domestic appliances, London Trading Standards have been inspecting second-hand electrical shops across the capital this month. 18 Boroughs took part and found product safety issues at over a third of the 91 premises
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LTS Week, Day 4 – Supporting London Businesses

Partnerships in action – John Lewis highlights London Trading Standards’ support for businesses across the capital Day 4 of London Trading Standards Week (25-29 September) is focused on how Trading Standards can provide support for businesses across London; protecting Londoners from poor business practice and helping good businesses to thrive. The key message is ‘Open
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