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Under proposals set out in a new
, Empowering and Protecting Consumers, ministers want to see a simplified system of consumer protection with public funding concentrated on two bodies that consumers already turn to for advice - Trading Standards and the Citizens Advice service.
The paper also sets out plans to strengthen the leadership and coordination of Local Authority Trading Standards Services in tackling difficult cases that cross local authority boundaries.
The consultation will run for 14 weeks until the end of September. Note that consumer policy is not devolved to Scotland or Wales therefore the consultation applies in both those countries. However consumer policy is devolved in Northern Ireland and so this consultation does not apply there.