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Trading Standards – protecting people, supporting businesses

Trading Standards plays an important role in protecting local people and supporting businesses.

Over 3 million people fall victim to a scam every year.

Anyone can be a victim of crime but elderly people are affected the most. 53% of people aged 65 and over have been targeted by scammers.

Victims may suffer with anxiety, lose confidence, or worse.

Elderly victims are 2.5 times more likely to die or go into care in the two years following a successful scam.

Trading Standards works with banks, adult social care and the third sector to support victims, recover their money, and prosecute criminal activity.

Trading Standards also protects young people's health by preventing underage sales of harmful products including tobacco.

Over 560 children take up smoking every day, shaving an average of 10 years off their life.

Trading Standards provides training for businesses on underage sales and works with HMRC to tackle organised criminal gangs that trade in counterfeit tobacco often obtained by children.

Trading Standards drives economic growth in the local community by advising businesses on how to manage risk, protect their brand and cut the costs of complying with the law.

For example, our officers give guidance on how to treat customers fairly and ensure that products are safe.

By helping businesses navigate over 250 pieces of legislation, Trading Standards plays a vital role in giving businesses the confidence to grow and innovate.

Trading Standards: Safeguarding vulnerable people. Protecting young people's health and welfare. Helping businesses grow.

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