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Trading Standards Service Plan 2022 to 2023

1.0 Introduction

The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees covers an area of 20,393 hectares and is an area of contrasts - a mixture of busy town centres, urban residential areas and picturesque villages, whilst also maintaining a strong industrial presence. The population of almost 200,000, living in approximately 86,000 households, is increasing steadily, with a 2.8% rise recorded over the last seven years.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has a vital role to play in providing quality services to the people of the Borough. The Council is performing strongly and is committed to improving services for local people through strong leadership, effective partnerships and investment in priorities.

Operating effectively with a growing demand for services alongside continued budget restrictions, provides a real challenge for the Council. This has been exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic which has had a massive effect on how the Council operates and how it will continue to operate going forward.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has always been recognised as a customer-focused council that delivers value for money and makes effective use of its resources, through strong political and executive leadership, good governance and talented, committed employees. It is these attributes, alongside a planned approach to managing tight budget allocations, that has helped the Authority in protecting frontline services.

Within this setting the Trading Standards Service provides an important regulatory function, carrying out a range of duties aimed at protecting consumers and reputable businesses. This protection is provided in relation to virtually the full range of personal and household goods and services, from the purchase of daily necessities to the arrangement of a mortgage.
Through advice, education, enforcement and partnership working, the primary aim of the Trading Standards Service is to provide a fair and safe trading environment for the benefit of consumers and reputable businesses in Stockton-on-Tees.

The service planning process for Trading Standards is vital in ensuring that resources are allocated to priority areas, which meet the needs and wishes of local consumers and businesses. Taking steps to review, develop and modernise service provision underpin this process and help to identify possible service efficiencies.

Any feedback on this Plan, good or bad, is welcomed and can be made in writing to Trading Standards, 16 Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TX, by telephone on 01642 526560, or via e-mail at

2.0 Core Functions

The Trading Standards Service aims to promote open and competitive markets whilst empowering consumers, making it easier for them to resolve problems. Only in a safe and fair trading environment, which protects both consumers and reputable business activity, can the local economy succeed and flourish.

The service's key areas of responsibility can be shown as follows:





Business Advice

Providing advice and assistance to businesses on all aspects of Trading Standards legislation to raise their awareness and help them comply with their legal responsibilities.

Consumer Advice

Advice and assistance for consumers with problems and disputes arising from the supply of faulty and misdescribed goods and services.

Fair Trading

Protecting against scams, tackling counterfeiting, doorstep crime, disrupting the informal economy and dealing with misleading statements about the price, quality or description of goods and services.

Product Safety

Monitoring all consumer goods to ensure that they are as safe as possible and do not present a risk to health.

Age Restricted Sales

Ensuring age restricted products such as alcohol, tobacco, videos, e-cigarettes and fireworks, are not supplied to children.

Food Standards

Ensuring that food is correctly described and labelled throughout the supply chain, including in relation to food allergen information, and that compositional and nutritional standards are met.

Weights and Measures

Work relating to the accuracy of weighing and measuring equipment in use for trade and the accuracy of quantity declarations made on products.

Consumer Credit

Monitoring the consumer credit licensing regime and ensuring transparency in credit transactions, documentation and advertisements.

Agriculture - Fertilisers and Animal Feed

Registration and inspection of designated animal feed establishments and ensuring that both fertilisers and animal feeds are correctly labelled, safe to use and do not present an on-going risk to animals and the human food chain.

Financial Investigations

Using an Accredited Financial Investigator to restrain and/or confiscate the assets of an offender under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Alcohol Control

Duties as a Responsible Authority under the Licensing Act 2003, especially in protecting children from the harm caused by alcohol.

Tees Valley Measurement Centre

Tees Valley Measurement is jointly funded by Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland Trading Standards Services and is subject to a formal partnership agreement. The Centre provides a specialist metrology facility for partner authorities and makes available a specialist calibration service for local industry.

3.0 Service Priorities

Through advice, education, enforcement and partnership working, the primary aim of the Trading Standards Service is to provide a fair and safe trading environment, for the benefit of consumers and reputable businesses in Stockton-on-Tees.

In striving to meet this aim, the Trading Standards Service undertakes a number of activities including:

  • pro-active, intelligence led market surveillance work to ensure legal requirements are met and consumers can shop with confidence. This includes sampling and testing of goods and carrying out business inspections to identify problems before they cause harm
  • advice and support services for businesses to ensure that they can get things right at an early stage and meet their legal obligations. This includes the testing and certification of weighing and measuring equipment and providing tailored business advice
  • providing specialist advice and information to consumers to enable them to make sound, safe and well-informed choices and to help with problems concerning the supply of faulty and misdescribed goods and services.
  • responding to complaints from local consumers and businesses and investigating breaches of consumer protection legislation to help prevent harmful and hazardous business practices, prevent detriment to consumers and reputable business and to ensure public safety
  • working in partnership with a number of different organisations and bodies such as other Council services, the Police, the North East Regional Investigations Team and the Citizens Advice Consumer Service, to underpin all of the above activities and to develop and improve service delivery

To help achieve its aim, the Service has identified five key service priorities:

  • 1. ensuring a safe, fair and competitive trading environment
  • 2. supporting reputable businesses
  • 3. contributing to public health and wellbeing
  • 4. protecting the vulnerable
  • 5. providing an effective and efficient service

Each priority has a number of actions and activities identified for the period of this Plan. These are set out in more detail in Section 10 and at Appendix 1.

4.0 Council Priorities

Trading Standards sits within the 'Our People' corporate theme and also makes important contributions to all other corporate themes:

Our People - people are safe, healthy and protected from harm

  • ensuring the safety of all consumer goods
  • dealing with doorstep crime
  • tackling rogue traders
  • protecting the vulnerable from scams
  • promoting the wellbeing of children through underage sales activities
  • tackling illegal money lending
  • creating No Cold Calling Zones
  • regulating food standards including provisions around allergens, labelling, and composition
  • tackling the supply of illicit tobacco
  • enforcing controls on the advertising and labelling of tobacco products
  • protecting children from the harm caused by alcohol
  • promoting healthy eating and nutritional standards
  • promoting home safety initiatives
  • working closely with partner agencies, both locally and regionally, to tackle rogue traders in targeted operations
  • ensuring compliance with business restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of Coronavirus as a central part of the Council's Covid Compliance Unit

Our Places - a place that is vibrant, clean and attractive

  • regulating estate agents, letting agents and property misdescriptions
  • registering and controlling the activities of animal feed establishments
  • testing the accuracy of 'green' claims regulating rules on construction products, hazardous substances and packaging requirements
  • enforcing regulations concerning the safety of fertilisers and pesticides
  • monitoring the provision of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates
  • acting as a responsible authority under the Licensing Act to help regulate entertainment activities, late night refreshment and sales of alcohol

Our Economy - a thriving economy where everyone has an opportunity to succeed

  • promoting a fair, safe and equitable marketplace
  • providing comprehensive business advice and support
  • providing a high-quality consumer advice and information service
  • undertaking risk based, comprehensive inspections of local businesses
  • active targeting of rogue traders and trading malpractice
  • tackling product counterfeiting
  • providing a high-quality weights and measures calibration service for local industry

Our Council - a council that is ambitious, effective and proud to serve

  • maintaining professional competency frameworks
  • ongoing commitment to train staff and update skills and knowledge
  • ensuring very high levels of customer satisfaction
  • using an Accredited Financial Investigator to help ensure that criminals do not benefit from their criminal conduct and that where appropriate, their assets are confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

5.0 National Priorities

National Trading Standards Board (NTSB)

The National Trading Standards Board is a group of Chief Trading Standards Officers, representing all regions across England and Wales. The Board has been set up by the Government as part of changes to the consumer protection landscape and the development of an enhanced role for Trading Standards. The National Trading Standards Board provides leadership, support and resources to help combat consumer and business detriment across regional and national boundaries. A vast amount of work has been carried out pulling together a national strategic assessment for Trading Standards based on intelligence to identify those areas causing the most detriment to consumers and businesses.

From this strategic assessment, the National Trading Standards Board has developed a control strategy which outlines the national priorities for intelligence, prevention and enforcement activities.

For 2022 to 2023, National Trading Standards Board has identified the following priority areas:

  • mass marketing scams
  • doorstep crime and cold calling
  • energy related fraud
  • lettings and estate agency
  • fair trading - used cars
  • fair trading - other misleading practices
  • intellectual property
  • illegal tobacco products

The National Trading Standards Board has also recognised that the internet and especially social media is a selling platform of choice for rogue traders and is therefore a cross cutting issue across all priorities. As such e-crime is embedded across all the key priority areas of work, in particular looking at those enablers that allow criminals to function e.g. web site hosting, payment providers, fulfilment houses, bank accounts, intermediaries etc.
Other cross cutting themes and enablers are serious and organised crime and fraud and scams leading from the Coronavirus pandemic.

These priority areas provide a focus for regional and local regulatory activity and collaborative working with partner organisations, delivering national outcomes through local action. Local authorities are empowered to use local discretion and autonomy to select the most appropriate ways to meet the regulatory priorities in their locality.

The service has considered these national priority areas when setting its own key priorities for 2022 to 2023.

6.0 Regional and National Working

North East Trading Standards Association (NETSA)

North East Trading Standards Association is a regional partnership of the twelve north east local authority Trading Standards Services, working to enhance local service provision and to contribute to meeting local, regional and national priorities. North East Trading Standards Association has sub-groups focussed on specialist areas such as product safety and metrology, which report directly to the Executive.

The North East Trading Standards Association Executive provides strategic direction and is made up of the managers from the region's Trading Standards Services and Regional Investigation Team. The Executive's work is supported by a Regional Coordinator funded via the National Trading Standards Board.

North East Regional Investigations Team

The North East Regional Investigations Team is a small team of enforcement officers responsible for tackling level 2 (regional) and level 3 (national) criminality. Whilst the team is funded via the National Trading Standards Board, governance is provided through the North East Trading Standards Association Executive. Work can be allocated to the team via the National Trading Standards Board's National Tasking Group or NETSA's Regional Tasking Group (a subgroup of the Executive).

Regional Intelligence Analyst

A Regional Intelligence Analyst, funded by the National Trading Standards Board, works with Local Intelligence Liaison Officers from each Authority to improve intelligence collection and analysis and to develop intelligence sharing with other enforcement agencies including the three regional Police forces, HMRC, NCA and others.

National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) Teams

The National Trading Standards Board oversees a number of directly funded national teams that undertake enforcement action and co-ordinate national enforcement projects in specific areas, including:

  • The National Estate and Letting Agency Team, jointly based at Powys and Bristol Trading Standards, is the UK's lead regulator under the Estate Agents Act 1979 and the Tenant Fees Act 2019
  • The National e-Crime Team, based at North Yorkshire Trading Standards, aims to protect consumers and businesses in England and Wales from internet crime and online fraud
  • The National Scams Team, based at Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards, has introduced a referral system allowing local authority officers to engage with victims on a one to one basis. They also gather intelligence on mass marketing scams and scam victims and raise public awareness of the damage caused by such scams

Citizens Advice Consumer Service (CACS)

The Citizens Advice Consumer Service is funded by the government to provide first tier telephone advice on consumer issues. Enforcement actions and the more complex consumer problems, including those requiring follow-up casework are referred onto our specialist officers to deal with at a local level. A referral protocol exists to help ensure the efficiency of the referral process and all cases are referred to local officers via a secure web portal. Officers regularly provide feedback to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on any service issues that are identified.

7.0 Service Structure and Profile

The Trading Standards Service structure is outlined below.

Trading Standards Manager

Trading Standards Officer (x3 FTE)

Trading Standards Enforcement Officer (x2 FTE)

Trading Standards Adviser

Trainee Trading Standards Officer (Apprentice)

For the financial year 2022 to 2023, the budget for the Trading Standards Service is £381,576. This includes a contribution to the running of the Tees Valley Measurement Centre. A summary is provided below:

Trading Standards Service Budget2020/21 (£)2021/22 (£)2022/23 (£)
Trading Standards388,924395,330398,576
Tees Valley Measurement45,00045,00045,000
Gross Budget433,924440,330443,576
Net Budget363,924378,330381,576


8.0 Service Context

Looking at the level of work undertaken, how it is carried out and assessing customer satisfaction levels can be used to indicate if service provision is being targeted appropriately. Some headline figures include:

Service demands

Nature of contact201920202021
Advice centre complaints and enquiries323223261
Citizens advice consumer service127414311610
Criminal complaints, enquiries, investigations and scam interventions511478636
Breach of Coronavirus business restrictions0170208


Most complained about subject areas

Top three complained about goods and services (2021)% of Total
Home maintenance, repairs and improvements19
Second-hand motor vehicles13
Tobacco products10


Top three criminal complaints (2021)% of Total
Fraudulent and unfair trading practices54
Product safety concerns16
Counterfeit and illicit products13


Top three requests for advice from business (2021)% of Total
Fair trading issues29
Food standards including allergens, labelling and composition22
Product safety requirements19


Customer satisfaction levels 

Satisfaction levels remain exceptionally high for those using the Trading Standards Advice Centre.

YearSatisfaction index
2019/20 %96.4
2020/21 %97.6
2021/22 %98.9


Redress levels

This is the amount of money that the Service has obtained in redress for local consumers and businesses.

YearRedress Obtained
2019 £90,792
2020 £138,519
2021 £108,629


9.0 Challenges

Trading Standards has to face the challenge of operating effectively in light of an evolving regulatory landscape and growing demands for service. Some of the main challenges are summarised below:

New legislation

There is a range of new legislation coming into force over the next year which will impact on the work of Trading Standards, including:

  • new age restrictions in place to safeguard children under the age of 18, from the potential health risks associated with the sale and use of botulinum toxins (Botox) and cosmetic fillers
  • new regulations which require qualifying businesses selling food for immediate consumption, either in a café, restaurant, other catering establishment or as take away food, to provide information relating to the energy content of the food they sell to consumers in kilocalories ("calorie information")
  • from October 2022, new regulations will prohibit the sale of certain foods deemed to be high in fat, sugar or salt from within particular prominent locations within specified food businesses and online marketplaces.

Trading Standards Advice Service

The service has its own Trading Standards Advisor. In line with new flexible working arrangements, the Advisor has been working from home, providing consumer advice over the telephone and via email. These arrangements have worked well and continue to be reviewed regularly and monitored alongside feedback from on-going customer satisfaction surveys.

Scams awareness

An ageing population means that there are more residents vulnerable to rogue traders and mass marketing scams. To raise awareness of these issues, the Service has signed a partnership agreement with the National Scams Team to identify and support victims in Stockton-on-Tees and will continue to introduce No Cold Calling Zones in suitable locations throughout the Borough.

Financial investigations

The Service no longer has its own in-house Accredited Financial Investigator (AFI). However, in certain cases, it is important that action is taken to restrain and/or confiscate the assets of offenders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. As a result, available AFIs from other local authorities and regulatory partners will be commissioned to undertake such work, as and when it is needed.


The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020 and a new agreement was finally struck in December 2020, containing new rules on how the UK and EU would live, work and trade together. However, the story is far from over and with differences emerging regarding the terms covering Northern Ireland, the new arrangements are under severe strain. This is likely to have a knock-on effect on the rules governing the movement of goods and services to and from the EU. For many of these products, it is frontline Trading Standards Officers that will have to unpick the uncertainties, advise businesses, and make sure that the regulatory and legal frameworks are operating effectively.

10.0 Key Priority Areas

The service planning process helps to identify the key areas of work that support national, regional and local objectives and priorities. For 2022/23, five key service priorities have been identified. Related project work and targets against these key priorities are detailed at Appendix 1. The key service priorities are:

1. Ensuring a safe, fair and competitive trading environment

The Service aims to combat those traders who operate illegally, putting consumers at risk and placing reputable businesses at a trading disadvantage. To do this, the effective use of all available intelligence and related information will continue to play an essential role in highlighting emerging issues and targeting resources at the areas that will have the greatest impact.

2. Supporting reputable businesses

The majority of businesses want to comply with the law and the aim of the Service is to provide support and advice which is accessible, clear and easy to understand, whilst at the same time cracking down on rogue traders who are looking to flout the law. This will help reputable businesses to flourish and will, in turn, help promote and sustain economic growth within the Borough.

3. Contributing to public health and wellbeing

The work of the Service contributes to a healthy, safe and vibrant community. This can be evidenced in a number of areas, including the work carried out involving product safety, age restricted products, tobacco and alcohol controls, food labelling, allergens, composition and nutrition checks and animal feed hygiene controls.

4. Protecting the vulnerable

The Service is committed to tackling rogue traders, especially those who target older or vulnerable residents in their own homes. This is often done through direct enforcement action, but in addition over 130 'No Cold Calling Zones' have been established around the Borough.
A partnership agreement has also been signed with the National Scams Team which will help officers in identifying, advising and educating those local vulnerable consumers who are being targeted by scam mail and other mass marketing scams.

5. Providing an effective and efficient service

The Service continues to look at ways in which to develop, modernise and improve service provision. Given the financial challenges facing the Authority it is important that the Service is cost effective and offers value for money and gives priority to the areas that are most important to its residents, businesses and partners.

11.0 Contact us

Citizens Advice Consumer Service 

Can be contacted for consumer advice.

The opening hours for the Service are: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Telephone: 0808 223 1133

Visit the Citizens Advice Consumer Service website for further information.

Trading Standards Advice Service 

This service operates a telephone appointment system from Monday to Friday.

Morning appointments: 10am to 12pm

Afternoon appointments: 2pm to 4pm

Telephone: 01642 526560


Visit our Trading Standards page for further information.

Trading Standards Enforcement Section

Located at 16 Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TX. Please note, this building is not open to the general public.

Telephone: 01642 526560


Visit our Trading Standards page for further information.

Appendix 1 - Key actions and activities 2022 to 2023

Ensuring a safe, fair and competitive trading environment

Objective - To work closely with partners and other agencies where appropriate to coordinate, streamline and improve regulatory activity

To work closely with the other Responsible Authorities under the Licensing ActAttend monthly meetings and continue with joint working arrangementsMonthly
Contribute to local and regional intelligence sharing groupsAttend regular meetings and continue with joint working arrangementsQuarterly
Develop further links with Police, HMRC and other regulatory partnersPlan and carry out a targeted joint enforcement exerciseMarch 2023


Objective - To ensure that goods and services available within the Borough are safe and accurately measured

Deliver a risk based legal metrology intervention programmeUndertake 100 metrology enforcement actionsMarch 2023
Contribute to regional NETSA projects as and when requiredCarry out regional projects as and when requiredMarch 2023


Objective - To ensure that food products are safe and accurately described

Carry out a risk based inspection programme, for planned interventions at local food premisesUndertake 150 planned interventions at local food premisesMarch 2023


Objective - To ensure that goods and services available within the Borough are accurately described

Undertake project looking at the accuracy of claims made regarding membership of trade associationsUndertake project and any identified follow up enforcement workMarch 2023


Objective  - To ensure that designated animal feed establishments are appropriately registered and do not present a risk to animals or the human food chain

Participate in FSA regional feed hygiene inspection and sampling programmeUndertake agreed inspection and sampling programmeMarch 2023


Supporting Reputable Businesses

Objective - To ensure that products and services provided by local beauty salons are safe

Provide advice to local beauty salons with regard to new rules prohibiting the sale and use of Botox and cosmetic fillers for children under the age of 18Produce and distribute guidanceSeptember 2022


Objective - To ensure that local second-hand car dealers comply with their legal responsibilities

Identify local second-hand car dealers that are consistently failing to comply with their legal responsibilities, causing significant consumer detriment, and provide appropriate advice, with follow-up enforcement action as necessary

Assess complaint levels and identify those second-hand car dealers causing significant issues

Provide relevant advice to identified car dealers on their legal responsibilities

Monitor complaint levels for identified traders and carry out appropriate enforcement actions as required

June 2022

September 2022

March 2023


Objective - To receive, record and disseminate intelligence on rogue traders in accordance with national protocols

Integrate the requirements of the national intelligence model into local working practicesMonitor the use of the IDB intelligence database, to ensure Service is complying with national intelligence requirementsOngoing


Objective - To ensure that Trading Standards enforcement work is targeted effectively at businesses who are causing significant detriment to consumers and reputable businesses

Collate information on identified traders to ensure that intervention work is carried out when appropriate

Monitor complaints and instigate an intervention for those businesses with an unacceptable level of complaints

Complete a local intelligence data submission for the Regional Tactical Assessment

Liaise with, and task, the North East Regional Enforcement Team where appropriate, concerning unfair trading practices that have an adverse effect across the region



When required


Contributing to Public Health and Wellbeing

Objective - To ensure that local catering establishments are aware of their legal responsibilities with respect to food allergens

Assess levels of compliance with allergen labelling requirements, especially for food that is prepacked for direct sale (PPDS)

Carry out compliance checks on PPDS foods and provide follow-up advice and guidance as appropriate

Undertake allergens sampling project with follow up advice and guidance as required

December 2022

March 2023


Objective - To ensure that vaping products on sale within the Borough are safe and comply with legal requirements

Assess the safety and compliance of vaping products on sale within the BoroughCarry out compliance checks on vaping products, with follow-up enforcement action as necessaryMarch 2023


Objective - To tackle the sale of counterfeit and illicit tobacco in order to disrupt organised criminal activity and assist in efforts to reduce smoking prevalence

Use an intelligence led approach to disrupt the sale and distribution of counterfeit and illicit tobacco

Participate in Operation CeCe alongside HMRC and other regional TS partners

Undertake enforcement action against identified targets, utilising all enforcement options available

March 2023

March 2023


Objective - To reduce underage sales of alcohol, cigarettes, vapes and other age restricted products and ensure that all effective enforcement options are considered

Undertake a targeted test purchasing exercise of age restricted products with a young volunteerCarry out at least two intelligence led underage test purchase exercisesMarch 2023


Objective - To ensure that local businesses are complying with new rules aimed at reducing obesity levels


Assess levels of compliance with calorie labelling requirements for non-prepacked food at specified catering establishments

Assess levels of compliance with placement requirements for food high in fat, sugar or salt at specified retailers

Carry out compliance checks and provide follow-up advice and guidance as appropriate

Carry out compliance checks and provide follow-up advice and guidance as appropriate

December 2022

March 2023


Protecting the Vulnerable

Objective - To disrupt criminals who target the elderly and vulnerable in their own homes

Work with other agencies including Police, HMRC and VOSA to target these offendersParticipate in organised days of action, such as National Rogue Trader Day and Operation Mermaid as well as in other initiatives such as the Banking Protocol

When required


Objective - To identify and support vulnerable consumers targeted by junk mail and other mass marketing scams

Continue participation in referral arrangements with the National Scams Team (NST) to identify and support victims in Stockton-on-TeesIdentify, visit and support victims and submit monthly return to NST



Objective - To raise awareness of doorstep crime amongst local residents

Introduce further No Cold Calling Zones in suitable locationsConsider all requests for No Cold Calling Zones and action as appropriate

When required


Objective - To support vulnerable consumers suffering with dementia who are being targeted by nuisance telephone calls

Participate in NTS campaigns to help protect dementia sufferers using available call blocking devicesLiaise with Adult Safeguarding as appropriate to allocate and provide any available devices to the most vulnerable

March 2023


Objective - To raise awareness of current consumer protection issues and increase the profile of the Service

Attend and/or organise consumer events as and when required

Contribute to the work of Stockton's Home Safety Association

Attend events and provide information on doorstep crime, scams and other consumer protection issues, as required

March 2022

When required


Objective - To raise awareness of fraud issues and related scams

Implement the recommendations of the Scrutiny Review looking into issues around fraud awareness (personal)

Present paper on fraud awareness to the Safer Stockton Partnership

Provide update to the Crime & Disorder Select Committee, in relation to work on fraud awareness

Continue sharing and disseminating key anti-fraud messages via social media channels, Stockton News, digital inclusion projects and other appropriate means

June 2022

September 2022



Providing an Effective and Efficient Service

Objective - To ensure that the Trading Standards Advice Service continues to provide high quality advice and information


Review the operation of the Advice Service particularly with regard to opening hours and method of operation

Carry out a satisfaction survey of Advice Centre customers

Carry out a review of the operation of the Trading Standards Advice Service

A minimum satisfaction index of 90%

September 2022

March 2023


Objective - To inform stakeholders with regard to service priorities and related performance


Produce report summarising performance in 2021/22

Produce and circulate an annual performance report for 2021/22

September 2022


Objective - To ensure that the Council's regulatory processes comply with the requirements of the Regulators' Code


Review the Council's Regulatory Services Enforcement Policy and introduce a penalty policy for the Tenant Fees Act 2019

Obtain Cabinet approval for revised policies

July 2022


Objective - To increase the number of qualified Trading Standards Officers, using a 'grow your own' methodology, to help future-proof service delivery


Participate in Council's apprenticeship recruitment programme

Register both existing Enforcement Officers on the professional competency qualification framework

Recruit and appoint a Trainee Trading Standards Officer (Apprentice)

Complete registration process and begin qualification pathway in line with the requirements of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

July 2022

December 2022


Objective - To ensure that the Service continues to run efficiently and smoothly in accordance with the Council's flexible working arrangements


Implement the requirements of the Council's flexible working policy

Participate in pilot scheme and amend working arrangements as necessary

October 2022


Objective - To ensure that officers have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their functions effectively


Implement training programme

An average of 20 hours of training per officer per year, to include Food/Feed officers for competency requirements

March 2023


Objective - To recover, where appropriate, the financial benefit that an offender has obtained from criminal conduct


Carry out financial investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, when appropriate

Carry out financial investigations when required and assist external regulatory partners as appropriate

March 2023