Teaming up to fight against rogue traders

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Two councils have joined forces in a bid to make sure local people are safe from rogue traders.

Businesses and residents in North Tyneside and Northumberland can now benefit from the Trade Register scheme where consumers can find a trader, rate their work or make a complaint.

Traders who are members agree to offer high standards of customer service and comply with legislation.

More than 50 companies are currently signed up.

Both council websites give access to a form to be completed by traders who will be checked out thoroughly to ensure their customers are in safe hands.

Consumers have access to the fully vetted list.

North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s more important than ever that residents are paying for services and that they know they can trust them.

“This is a free service and our team regularly encourage consumers to make use of it so they can get work done with increased confidence.”

Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, added: “The list is so easy to access that traders who aren’t registered because they aren’t trustworthy will suffer.”