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Trader scheme goes online 19.03.10

A flagship scheme to tackle the problem of rogue traders has gone online in a bid to make Sutton a no go zone for doorstep crime.

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Trader scheme goes online

A flagship scheme to tackle the problem of rogue traders has gone online in a bid to make Sutton a no go zone for doorstep crime.

The Safer Sutton Trader Scheme was set up in 2008 to give residents who employ traders to carry out work in their homes access to a list of reputable businesses, who have been vetted to ensure they are honest and professional.

Now with the arrival of the spring weather which traditionally sees a rise in 'cowboy' traders cold calling at homes, the Sutton Council scheme has gone online at

www.sutton.gov.uk/safersuttontrader

More than 60 traders, including plumbers, carpenters, roofers and general builders, have already signed up.

The council checks their references, qualifications and their insurance details and this year mandatory criminal record checks were introduced.

Trading standards officers warn that rogue traders often carry out substandard or dangerous work, which can cost householders tens of thousands of pounds to put right.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said: "Choosing tradespeople to carry out work on your home can sometimes be a gamble, you want to know that the job will be done well. By choosing a trader from this scheme you are safe in the knowledge that you are protected from rogue traders.

"The online scheme will run alongside the existing one to give our residents even greater peace of mind."

The online site allows users to search for individual traders and it has links to application forms and information packs that allow new traders to join. The cost for businesses is £105 per year.

Darren Plumridge, owner of Cheam-based D Plumridge Professional Driveway and Patio Construction, one of the companies to sign up, said: "As a business, it allows us to compete on a level playing field with our competitors, without being undercut by cowboys, who then go on to rip-off customers and carry out substandard work."

If you would like a copy of the scheme and do not have access to the internet then you can get a copy at the Civic Offices in Sutton, Age Concern and Citizens Advice Bureaux. You can also call the Civic Offices on 020 8770 5070 and a copy will be sent to you in the post.

For advice on consumer rights or to report an incident, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or visit their website, www.consumerdirect.gov.uk

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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