LGA briefing for House of Lords Second Reading of the Consumer Rights Bill
1 July 2014
The LGA issued this briefing to MPs ahead of the Bill's first debate in the House of Commons. The LGA's key messages included:
- Council regulatory services have two important functions. They are protecting local consumers and residents, and supporting responsible businesses to thrive and grow.
- The LGA therefore supports the Consumer Rights Bill and its aim of consolidating existing consumer protection and enforcement legislation.
- The LGA raised concerns to the Government over the original proposals within the draft Bill which would have had restricted the ability of trading standards officers to undertake unannounced inspections, where they have reasonable grounds to do so.
- We are pleased that Government has listened to the LGA and amended the provisions in the Bill to address concerns. However, the Government must ensure that there is no doubt, in either the legislation or accompanying guidance, about councils' powers to undertake unannounced inspections where there are reasonable grounds to do so.