London Trading Standards Week in Camden

Camden is taking part in London Trading Standards Week’s first citywide awareness campaign.

The aim of London Trading Standards Week is to promote and raise awareness about the wide range of work carried out by Trading Standards Services across London Boroughs.

Throughout the week the Council will aim to highlight the wide range of work we do which includes – protecting children from harm, tackling rogue letting agents, protecting residents from doorstep crime and scams, advising businesses and making sure the goods we all buy in the borough are safe.

Camden Trading Standards officers will be out all week engaging with local businesses ensuring safety and compliance in trade and ensuring residents are aware of trade laws and practices.

Starting Monday 25 September 2017, each day focuses on a wide range of issues the LTS Officers encounter, highlighting the following priorities for London:

Day 1: Underage sales of knives, to help prevent knife crime

Day 2: Letting agencies, to stop private tenants being ripped off by rogue landlords

Day 3: Scams and Doorstep Sales, to help protect the vulnerable from fraudsters

Day 4: Support for Businesses, to help businesses to survive, thrive and grow

Day 5: Product Safety, to help prevent people being killed by unsafe domestic goods


Camden Councils week

Day 1 - Selling knives to children

In a bid to crack down on the selling of knives to those under 18 years old, 48 of the borough's shops were tested on Monday.

Day 2 - Letting Agencies

We have served three ‘Notices of Intent’ totalling £35,000 against letting agents in the borough whose websites are still not complying with the law after being advised what to do. All three were not displaying their respective fees correctly. Two failed to declare which redress scheme they were a member of and neither indicated whether or not they were a member of a Client Money Protection Scheme.

Day 3 - Scams and doorstep crime

The first ‘No Cold Calling Zone’ was launched in Camden in partnership with the police, Which? Trusted and Age UK Camden.

The No cold calling zone, covering parts of the Haverstock ward, aims to help protect the borough’s residents from doorstep criminals who try to pressure people into having unnecessary repairs made to their properties and massively overcharge them.

For updates on the rest of the week, follow @Camdentalking on twitter.

Further details about the rest of the campaign can be found on #LTSWeek