“The next government needs to ensure councils are adequately funded, so they can continue to take effective action at a local level against criminals and provide the vital local regulatory services that keep residents safe.”
Some of the hidden dangers of counterfeit goods include fake perfume that can often burn skin or leave a nasty rash and may contain lead; fake sunglasses which can offer no UVA protection; electrical goods which are a fire risk; flammable children's clothes, and unsafe children's toys with unsuitable small parts that can fall off and pose a choking hazard.
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, responds to to research by Which? on the increasing number of appliances that cause fires in homes and which cannot be identified.
“Councils know their local areas best and target reduced resources at the riskiest businesses, while national co-ordination through the Food Standards Agency also helps to ensure that areas of the food industry most at risk are generally targeted accordingly."