Get election ready

The UK General Election is on 4 July. 
Register to vote by 18 June.
If you need to vote by post, you must apply to do this by 5pm on 19 June.
You need valid photo ID to vote in person. If you don’t have valid ID, apply by 5pm on 26 June for a Voter Authority Certificate.  
Find out more about voting and elections in Southwark

Anti-counterfeiting and product safety

The illegal economy includes the trade in counterfeit and unsafe products as well as illicit or duty evaded goods. Profits from the illegal economy helps to fund organised crime and causes serious detriment to legitimate honest businesses as well as consumers.

We work closely with many partner organisations including brand representatives, online sales platforms, market operators and police to combat activities in the illegal economy.

Counterfeiting causes harm in many ways, including:

  • poor quality goods
  • dangerous or unsafe products
  • fewer jobs (affecting genuine businesses and harming the UK economy)
  • negatively affecting lives (it's a criminal offence to make or sell counterfeits and carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years)

Counterfeit goods can include:

  • clothing and footwear
  • CDs and DVDs
  • cigarettes and alcohol
  • cosmetics and perfumes
  • electrical items (power tools, software, games and consoles)
  • fashion accessories (bags, belts, purses, sunglasses, jewellery, watches)
  • health care (condoms and medicines)

 If you'd like to know more about the fight against fakes, visit the Anti counterfeiting group website.

To report someone selling counterfeit goods contact us, or if you'd prefer to remain anonymous fill in the online form at London Trading Standards

Page last updated: 02 February 2022


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