We ensure people get a fair deal by enforcing pricing and credit laws, investigating misleading price indications and fraudulent trading practices, as well as ensuring the accuracy of goods, services and property descriptions.
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Northumberland County Council is a weights and measures authority within the terms of the Weights and Measures Act 1985. The council employ a number of inspectors of weights and measures, who are qualified by the national measurement and regulation office, to carry out a range of duties.
As part of the public protection service, we aim to ensure consumers and businesses are protected against short weight or measure, and weighing and measuring equipment used in trade transactions is accurate and appropriate.
Inspectors conduct inspections and testing on a wide range of weighing and measuring equipment throughout the consumer market, including pubs, shops, factories and markets. They advise businesses on how to comply with their responsibilities under weights and measures legislation.
Inspectors provide advice and guidance to businesses on all aspects of weights and measures legislation and the council seeks to engage with local businesses to develop compliance in a co-operative and positive manner.
Inspectors receive information from many sources, including consumer complaints, and carry out investigations into allegations of unlawful trading practices and serious breaches of legislation.
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