We rely on the hard work of public protection teams to keep us safe. From carrying out food safety inspections and monitoring air pollution, to making sure businesses are following Covid-19 guidelines, they enforce the protections that benefit all of us.
But funding cuts and falling staff numbers are making it harder for them to do their jobs: national and local regulators’ budgets have fallen by 41% on average in the last decade.
An enforcement gap has opened up in the UK, which makes it easier for unscrupulous businesses to dodge the rules and put people at risk.
At Unchecked UK we’re working for a fair society where public bodies have the tools they need to enforce the rules – so they can protect the things we value most.