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Local Government: Trading Standards

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 2nd March 2020.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department provides (a) financial and (b) other resources to local authorities to help them retain Trading Standards officers.

Photo of David Linden David Linden Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support is available to local authorities for the recruitment of Trading Standards officers.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Local authorities receive funding through the Local Government Finance Settlement, and this year’s settlement delivers a 4.4 per cent increase from £46.3 billion to £49.2 billion - the largest year on year real terms increase in a decade. Authorities have flexibility over the money they receive, enabling them to work with their residents to decide the best services and resources on which to spend their money, including Trading Standards officers.

Details of funding allocations provided by the Local Government Finance Settlement can be found on the gov.uk website.

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