COVID-19 – Business closures and restrictions

As part of the national emergency response to the spread of COVID-19 the government has introduced compulsory business closure or restriction rules for certain types of businesses. London Borough trading standards services will have responsibility to enforce these along with other local authority regulatory teams and the police. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations
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Report any traders ‘profiteering’ from COVID-19

London Trading Standards is urging consumers to report any examples they find of unscrupulous traders exploiting the current situation to take advantage of people with unjustified high prices. Examples such as small bottles of hand sanitiser being sold for up to £24.99 each have been reported. The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a
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Beware of COVID-19 scams, warns London Trading Standards

London Trading Standards is encouraging family and friends to help to protect vulnerable residents from potential scams amid reports of fraudsters trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak. Nationally, there have been reports of frauds relating to the supply of face masks, primarily online; fraudsters trying to persuade people to disclose personal information by
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Be on guard for COVID-19 scams

London Trading Standards are warning Londoners to be on guard against scams related to the COVID-19 coronavirus after details were published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) this week. Scam emails It has come to light that emails claiming to be from the government are offering a tax rebate to support people through this
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National knife clampdown pilot reaches 15 prosecutions

Croydon Council has now successfully prosecuted 15 businesses across the country under its trading standards team’s pilot clampdown against illegal online knife sales to children. The scheme is backed by the Home Office and National Trading Standards. The latest cases – against shopping website Very’s operating company Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and Lancashire-based tool
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London Trading Standards work features in national impacts and outcomes report

Work by London boroughs has featured in a national report which demonstrates the value of local trading standards services. Case studies involving work by Camden, Greenwich and Southwark are highlighted in the new report ‘The Value of Trading Standards’, which has been collated and published by the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO). For
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Tenants warned to beware of rogue letting agents as new figures show more than 46% don’t comply with the law

London Trading Standards (LTS) has today issued a stark warning to tenants: understand your rights or you risk being ripped off by rogue letting agents. This caution comes as figures released as part of London Trading Standards Week show that letting agents were fined over £1.2million for breaking the law; either for not displaying fees
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London retailer agreement launched to crackdown on underage knife sales

Shops are being urged to ‘ASSESS-CHALLENGE-CHECK’ the age of buyers on and offline, as part of an initiative to stop illegal, underage knife sales. London Trading Standards (LTS), which represents 33 local authorities in London, is joined by the Deputy Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police for the launch of the Responsible Retailer Agreement
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London Trading Standards Week 2019

London Trading Standards Week (LTS Week) will today kick off its consumer rights and awareness campaigns across the capital to help highlight how local council trading standards is tackling business crime and keeping Londoners safe. Criminal law enforcement around business and trading often falls to local council trading standards teams, which play an increasingly significant
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London Trading Standards supports Stamp IT Out Campaign 2019

Illegal tobacco ‘brings crime into communities and undermines stop smoking efforts’ Criminals are reaping in over £100 million a year from London’s trade in illegal tobacco and undermining efforts to support smokers to quit, trading standards and public health experts have warned. Illegal tobacco products, such as cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco, are smuggled into the
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