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Our Enforcement Policy is an "umbrella" policy and applies to all service areas, though it should be noted that various additional service-specific requirements may apply to specific enforcement activities in certain services.

 

The Council is responsible for enforcing a wide range of legislation that may affect individuals, organisations or businesses residing or operating within our District.

 

The purpose of enforcement is to protect the public, the environment and groups such as consumers and workers, etc. Enforcement can include offering advice and assistance as well as more formal action such as serving notices or taking prosecution.

 

Formal enforcement action is usually an option of last resort, except in urgent or emergency cases, but remains an important part of the Council’s approach to regulation.  Most people and businesses want to comply with the law and the Council will, whenever possible, try to assist them to meet their legal obligations.

 

Enforcement action can make a positive contribution to economic growth by, for example: - acting against rogue traders; helping to create a level playing field for businesses; and cutting down on benefit fraud, whilst the majority of businesses and claimants . within the District are genuine, there are always the minority who commit serious breaches, flout the law or fraudulently claim benefits.

 

Our policy supports the important principle that enforcement action by any regulator is always: -

 

  • Fair - Whilst responsibility for compliance with legislation falls to businesses or individuals, we will provide relevant advice and guidance. 

 

  • Consistent - The Service will maintain systems designed to ensure, so far as practicable, that enforcement activities are carried out to a consistent standard and will monitor compliance with our enforcement policy.

 

  • Transparent - Unless immediate action is required to prevent or respond to a serious breach, or where to do so is likely to defeat the purpose of the proposed enforcement action, when considering formal enforcement action, we will normally discuss the circumstances with those suspected of a breach and take into account their views when deciding on the best approach.

 

  • Accountable - The Council’s complaints policy sets out how to complain or express dissatisfaction about the services we provide.

 

 

PDF Document: South Staffordshire Council's Enforcement Policy

 

 

 

Contact

 

If you have any questions please contact: -

 

Legal and Public Health Protection Services Enquiries

Telephone: (01902) 696220

Fax: (01902) 696222

 

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