Keeping people safe – Cardiff Council crackdown on loan sharks, rogue traders and dodgy dealers

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A new report, which recently went before Cardiff Council’s Cabinet, highlighted successes achieved by officers from Cardiff Cardiff in keeping people safe from cowboys and conmen. The partnership between Cardiff, Bridgend and Caerphilly Council’s to deliver services for trading standards, environmental health and licensing shows how local authorities can work well together, delivering for residents across the region.

The partnership, called Shared Regulatory Services (SRS), has seen officers concentrate on food safety, public safety, private-sector housing safety and regulating licences.

Report highlights include:

– 2,000 food premises were inspected to ensure their hygiene standards are up to scratch, 500 more premises inspected that the year before.
– 840 licences were issued for houses of multiple occupation (these inspections ensure people who live in HMOs do so in safe conditions)
– 61 shops were visited, testing alcohol and tobacco sales to volunteers under 18
– More than 400 taxis were inspected to ensure they were in an adequate condition to be used on the road
– More than 100 taxi drivers were referred to the licensing committee & 190 Stop Notices were issued to licensed vehicles which were unfit for use
– Just under £23K was given back to people who were conned through doorstep crime
– 12 loan shark cases were investigated which involved £641,000. 134 victims were given support, writing off £357,000 of debt
– 134 stray horses were removed from the highway, private and public land. The majority were rehomed through charities
– 5700 complaints were dealt with in relation to noise and air pollution
– More than 1312 cases of infectious disease were reported to SRS and 973 cases were confirmed through tests
– Over 1600 licenses were issued for temporary or community events across the three local authority areas
– Just under 1,700 people were educated about illegal money lending and £48,000 was taken from loan sharks and awarded to community based initiatives to raise awareness.
– 5700 complaints were dealt with in relation to noise and air pollution.

The SRS provide a wide range of services to the public and businesses which include food hygiene; fair trading; safeguarding; safety in private sector housing; noise and air pollution; air quality management; port health; contaminated land; health and safety; communicable disease; pest control; licensing and the Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit.

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