The primary aim of the Business Service Plan is to enable the City Council's Food Safety Service to demonstrate what the key priorities are for the Service in 2016/2017 and show how those activities contribute to the delivery of key local public services and priorities.
The Food Safety Service is located within the Communities Directorate, which is one of five Directorates within Newcastle City Council. The responsible Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Regulatory Services is Councillor Nick Kemp
Our common and primary purpose in meeting all our planned objectives is to benefit the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, which primarily involves providing long term benefits to the businesses and consumers, which the Food Safety Service are empowered by a wide range of statutory legislation to advise and protect. View a list of the legislative provisions enforced by the Food Safety Service (pdf 402 kb).
In particular the Service will respond positively to the four priorities for the City Council:
- Making Newcastle a working city,
- Creating decent neighbourhoods,
- Tackling inequalities that prevent people from achieving their potential,
- Becoming a Council fit for purpose.
The Food Safety Service is particularly well placed to the City Council's intention to make Newcastle a 'Fairer City'.
The Food Safety Service seeks to make Newcastle a Fairer City by encouraging people to get involved and work together in continue to build consumer protection in Newcastle. Through such local involvement, the Food Safety Service can then target its resources at those issues which can cause concern to our local communities and which require the Service to exercise its highly specialised interventions and powers.
The Food Safety Service will of course continue to provide regulatory services that protect both consumers and legitimate businesses, that create safer communities, and that support a fair and safe trading environment. We will also continue to develop collaborative activities with our colleagues in the regional partnership body that is the North East Public Protection Partnership (NEPPP), in order to assure consistency, maximise efficiency, and create capacity, and the service shall continue to be prominent contributors at the national level to ensure that the voice of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne remains influential in the rapidly changing 'consumer and business landscape'.
Business Service Plan
The Business Service Plan details the outcomes the service will work to achieve under these aims. View a copy of the Business Service Plan (pdf 691 kb)
To see a copy of the Enforcement Policy adopted by the Food Safety Service go to our Enforcement Policy webpage.
Open for Business: A Shared Vision for local regulation
At the LGA conference held in July 2013 in Manchester, the strategy document "Open for Business: A Shared Vision for local regulation" was launched.
The Trading Standards service fully recognises the statements made in this document and in particular the following:
"Our ambition is for local government to be able to work with business in a local area to understand risks and determine what level of regulation is appropriate. We believe that trading standards, environmental health and licensing services are well placed to free up businesses from unnecessary regulation and can design and operate a scheme which is right for business and right for their local communities, without central direction and prescription".
View a full copy of the LGA strategy (pdf 176 kb).
In order to highlight and promote the work of the City Council's Trading Standards and Food Safety Service, the service has developed a newsletter, which is programmed in for publication twice a year.
- Issue 7 (Spring/Summer 2015) (pdf 2.2 mb)
- Issue 8 (Autumn/Winter 2015) (pdf 1.37 mb)
- Issue 9 (Spring/Summer 2016) (pdf 2.26 mb)
- Issue 10 (Autumn/Winter 2016) (pdf 1.4 mb)
For further information, please contact the Food Safety Service, Public Safety and Regulation, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone: 0191 2116102