New initiative to drive out bogus traders

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If you are planning to get some building work carried out but don’t know where to get a bona fide tradesman then East Dunbartonshire Council could help.

The authority is now working in partnership with the Construction Licensing Executive (CLE) to allows consumers to search for an array of fully vetted trade people including plumbers, builders, electricians, as well as painters and decorators.

Based on where they live, the CLE will provide a list of local companies who are members of their licensing scheme.

The tradespeople all belong to their professional body and the service which the CLE provide is free and the work carried out is covered by a warranty.

Council bosses hope this will be a massive blow to bogus traders who rip people off.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “We’ve all heard stories of people taken in by cowboy builders who carry out poor work, charge huge amounts or leave vulnerable people with work uncompleted.

“Our Trading Standards department tries to raise awareness among the public of rogue traders and encourage residents to employ a reputable company for any work they need done.

“Now we can direct residents to trustworthy, properly qualified traders.”

Archie Ferguson, Chair of the CLE, said: ”The formal tie with East Dunbartonshire Council is a great step forward in the protection of the public.

“The eradication of cold calling and rogue traders from our streets is one of the primary objectives of CLE.

“Working in partnership with the council will enable the public to find fully qualified trades people whose workmanship comes with a warranty.”

Chief Inspector Rob Hay from Police Scotland said: “In support of Police Scotland’s national campaign against Doorstep Crime, this scheme is an welcome development for consumers in East Dunbartonshire.

“Doorstep crime often targets the most vulnerable members of our community, this scheme gives the public the confidence to know they are engaging legitimate traders.

“I am delighted to see the development partnerships which can assist in ridding our community of Doorstep Crime for good.”