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Whistleblowing and Local Authority Enforcement

Ready to Burn is a Defra scheme that Woodsure administers on their behalf. As we move into the heating season, especially one with such an unprecedented level of sales due to the increases in energy prices, we are aware that there are still some suppliers that have not yet achieved Ready to Burn certification.

Woodsure contacted many wood fuel suppliers across the country ahead of the legislation going into effect on May 1st 2021 to ensure that people were prepared. Unfortunately, there are still some suppliers who haven’t heard of or have been misinformed about the Ready to Burn scheme and its legal requirement for the domestic sale of firewood, wooden briquettes, and kindling in England. This includes suppliers who sell into England from outside of the country.

We are always happy to receive details of businesses for our team to follow up with to get certified and help inform them of the legislation.

Although, enforcement for those who do not join Ready to Burn and continue trading without this legal requirement is dealt with by the local councils and trading standards. This can result in fines per instance of £300 and could lead to a court hearing. Ideally, we do not wish to see anyone get to that point, so we continue to progress businesses to get certified as quickly as possible. We also work with Local Authorities and Defra for those cases that we are unable to progress.

If you are unsure of where to direct your whistleblowing case with the Local Authority, then please send the Woodsure team details and they will follow up.

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