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Councils Call for Government Action Against IP Crime

26 July 2006

Over 250 delegates at the Local Government Association Conference in Bournemouth demanded urgent government action to target IP crime. They were joining a call from the Alliance Against IP Theft and the Trading Standards Institute for greater funding for trading standards officers to tackle a growing problem.

Council leaders, senior directors and others all signed up to an open letter the Alliance is sending to the Trade & Industry Secretary and the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government which asks for more central government support for trading standards teams whose job has changed beyond all recognition in recent years.

Lavinia Carey, Chair of the Alliance said: “IP crime is so widespread and sophisticated today that trading standards teams really need better funding if they are to do their job properly. The implications of IP crime and the links to organised crime, illegal immigration and violence means trading standards officers are the frontline against criminal activity that threatens our communities. They do excellent work where they can, but need much more support.”

Paul Ramsden, Deputy CEO of the Trading Standards Institute added, "Local Government elected members and Senior Officers have reiterated their support for the essential work trading standards teams undertake especially in tackling the damaging effects of Intellectual Property theft.

With proper resources, authorities can provide the protection local consumers and businesses need"

The letter will now be delivered to the two Secretaries of State and the Alliance will push for an early positive response.

For information about joining the Alliance please contact
Susie Winter at susie@allianceagainstiptheft.co.uk
or on 020 7534 0595