"It is vital that the Government and partners work with councils so that they continue to retain timely access to information on unsafe product alerts."
Responding to analysis published by Which? calling for a product safety shake-up to tackle unsafe products, an LGA spokesperson, said:
“Local authority trading standards teams continue to work hard to protect the public from unsafe products. It is vital that the Government and partners work with councils so that they continue to retain timely access to information on unsafe product alerts.
“The answer to this problem is not to take funding, resources and expertise from councils to create new national bodies or to expand existing organisations, as these will lack the intelligence - and currently the powers - to take effective action at a local level to ensure unsafe products are off supermarket shelves and out of people’s homes.
“Instead, with the number of trading standards officers having more than halved since 2009 and budgets to this service having almost halved since 2011, government needs to use the forthcoming Spending Review to address the funding shortfall that councils’ face.
“Government also needs to stop adding to the ever increasing enforcement burden being placed on councils’ regulatory services without providing them with the resources to take action to maintain its vital but varied role protecting local residents.”