Patricia Gibson MP, SNP Spokesperson on Consumer Affairs, has welcomed the establishment of Consumer Scotland, a new body dedicated to protecting the interests of consumers, which will be operational by next year.
It will focus on campaigning on issues that particularly affect people in Scotland and conduct in-depth investigations to identify and address underlying causes of harm.
Business Minister Jamie Hepburn MSP said:
“Consumer Scotland will be a champion for everyone across Scotland, dedicated to investigating consumer harm and developing solutions to tackle it.
“The majority of our experiences when buying goods and services are positive, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes there are persistent problems that have a big impact, such as delivery charges in rural Scotland or a lack of access to cash machines, that need to be addressed.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on how we shop as well as the availability of goods and services, highlighting the importance of a powerful advocacy voice for consumers.
“Consumer Scotland will have powers to represent the views of consumers, collect information and carry out research, despite much of the Consumer Affairs remit remaining reserved to Westminster.
“In passing the Consumer Scotland Bill on 06 May, the Scottish Parliament has helped ensure that a fairer Scotland means fairer outcomes for consumers.”