Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

Trading Standards Campaign Reaches Westminster

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service aims to combat doorstep crime in our area and the Service is extremely pleased that this subject has now reached Westminster.

The Morley based Service often receives complaints from West Yorkshire consumers about work carried out to their property and this type of work is often initiated by the tradesperson knocking on doors to drum up business.

In a bid to prevent excessive prices, shoddy workmanship and in some instances intimidation tactics, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service is campaigning for new legislation to ban cold calling for property repairs.

The Minister for Crime Reduction, Policing & Community Safety, Ms Hazel Blears MP, said that it was excellent to have these issues raised in the House of Commons describing doorstep crimes as shocking and despicable behaviour.

Consumers are advised not to do business with tradespeople at the door and to try and use a trader who has been recommended or approved. Issues around doorstep calling range from money being paid for poor quality work or work not needed in the first place to threatening behaviour against consumers in their own home. Officers at Trading Standards feel consumers should not have to put up with such rogue callers.

To raise awareness of doorstep crime, the Trading Standards Institute has lobbied MPs selected to put forward private members bills to persuade them to take up the doorstep crime issue.

Leeds MP, Paul Truswell (Pudsey) has agreed to lead the campaign in Westminster on behalf of the North of England Trading Standards Group and partner organisations including West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service. An early day motion sponsored by Paul Truswell calling for legislation has, within the first two weeks, been signed by 55 MPs across all parties.

Councillor Clarke, Chairman of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said “This is a very important issue and I am delighted that it has now been raised in the House of Commons. If we can ban rogue tradespeople from calling at peoples doors we have made a big step towards preventing consumers being ripped off at home. I have personally contacted all West Yorkshire MPs to urge them to support this early day motion.”

If anybody has experienced problems with tradespeople at their door or would like advice about unsatisfactory work carried out in the home they should contact the Consumer Helpline on 01133 848 848.

For further information contact:

Paul Smith, Principal Officer, 0113 289 8219
Carol Hallett, General Media Contact 0113 383 6431

Notes to editors:

The North of England Trading Standards Group is a regional group comprising of Cumbria County Council, Durham County Council, Lancashire County Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Northumberland County Council and West Yorkshire Joint Services.