Trading standards officers have investigated 150 Local Government Regulation inspectors and found that at least 23% are not local.
The survey found that many of the inspectors lived in different counties while some were probably from overseas.
They found many clearly misleading inspectors such as one who claimed to be from the Welsh valleys, but on checking, was originally from New Zealand. “It’s difficult to tell”, said a local, “He’d grown up with sheep, so appeared to be local, now we find he’s a Kiwi, you just don’t know who to trust.”
A Bradford trading standards spokesman said, "Many people want to support local inspectors. We have many rabid racists who want to choose an inspector who was not born on the other side of the world, so it is vital that they have accurate information to help them make their choices."
There is currently no clear legal definition of “local” when it comes to Regulation Inspectors but the council guidance states that “local” should mean, “Lived and gone to school in the area and have at least 46 close relations in the area including a gran who remembers when it was all fields.”
Local Government Regulation Inspectors, “Not local”, study suggests.
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