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National Trading Standards
National Trading Standards Board provides leadership influence, support and resources to help combat consumer and business detriment locally, regionally and nationally.
The National Trading Standards Board's review of 2012/13 shows the progress it has made in contributing towards the coalition government’s proposals to reduce the complexity of the consumer landscape, strengthen the effectiveness of enforcement and ensure that activities that help consumers to be empowered are delivered more cost effectively and in a way that links national and local intelligence about the problems that consumers face. Whilst the National Trading Standards Board's Business Plan for 2013/14 identifies the work it will undertake to achieve its objectives and those of the Government this year.
The National Trading Standards Board is accountable to the Government, via BIS, the National Audit Office and ultimately to parliament via the Public Accounts processes, for the delivery of activities related to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) grant. Although the National Trading Standards Board has discretion over how Government funding is used, it has to report regularly on its work, showing how it meets the requirements placed upon it and how it secures maximum value for money.
The National Trading Standards Board is not a public body nor a legal entity. As such it cannot enter into legally binding contracts, BIS provides the grant money to the Trading Standards Institute who are commissioned by the National Trading Standards Board to provide its financial and audit services. They in effect manage the grant funds as a client account for the National Trading Standards Board. There is a written agreement between the Board, TSI and BIS which formalises this arrangement. TSI can only allocate grant money on the written request of the Board.
The National Trading Standards Board is supported by a Programme Office which is provided by the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers Ltd (ACTSO Ltd) who employ staff to support the work of the Board.
The National Trading Standards Board is pleased to announce that Lord Toby Harris has been selected as the new chairman of the Board.
Lord Toby Harris said: "I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to take the helm of the National Trading Standards Board as it takes off from the starting blocks of its first, formative year. I look forward to working with my colleagues in trading standards to take forward and implement our strategic evaluation of key issues affecting the profession, helping officers across the country in their vital efforts to protect and support consumers, honest business and our communities."