Pawn shop worry prompts review of traders' scheme
A COUNCILLOR has called for a review of a scheme which recommends trustworthy local businesses – because of his concerns about a pawn shop.
Derby City Council cabinet member Hardyal Dhindsa said, despite the fact Cash Converters – which has a store in Osmaston Road – had passed the checks to be accepted into the national Buy With Confidence scheme, he still had reservations.
Mr Dhindsa, cabinet member for planning, environment and public protection, said: "I do not believe the council should be promoting this type of business and therefore I have called for a full review of the scheme.
"I am concerned that vulnerable people may be encouraged to use a pawn broker's short-term money-lending service."
Mr Dhindsa said the review would seek to establish if the scheme is suitable for all businesses, or if certain types of business should be excluded.
Buy with Confidence is a nationally-recognised trading standards system.
Its aim is to provide residents with a reliable source of trustworthy local businesses which are vetted and approved by trading standards to ensure they operate in a "legal, honest and fair way".