TSI response (PDF 127KB). TSI confines its comments to the proposals concerning Part P (Electrical safety - dwellings) and states that it totally supports calls for its retention.
26 Apr 2012
TSI response (PDF 127KB). TSI agrees with the proposals, noting that the proposed Regulations are a temporary measure as the Government looks to introduce a total ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. 
25 Apr 2012
Trading Standards officers are using the latest technology in a bid to fight scrap metal thieves.Newham Council officers are deploying hidden cameras to prosecute rogue scrap metal dealers who break the law by buying goods from under-age children.The stolen metal trade is driven by anonymous, low-risk transactions. Trading standards officers at Newham are using the cameras to increase prosecutions.The council is taking action to tackle a growing problem linked to the rising price of commodities such as copper and lead.Crimes...
17 Apr 2012
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is to train up Trading Standards in the South East (TSSE) to help protect jobs and stop piracyA campaign to highlight the issue of software piracy, and its negative impact on the creation of jobs and wealth, in London and the South East is to be launched mirroring successful initiatives in the North West, North East and Wales.This tranche of the  ‘Software – Stay Legal’ programme will commence in the South East on the...
16 Apr 2012
Thank you to everyone who sent in a nomination for the TSI and CIEH sponsored MJ Public Protection Achievement Award, which is an opportunity for councils to showcase the best work being carried out by regulatory services and to highlight innovative examples of good practiceIn a fantastic turn out we received double the nominations compared to previous years.   They have now been whittled down to six finalists:•    Chelmsford – innovative use of animal welfare legislation to protect animals from harm...
12 Apr 2012
As many households start to receive their annual council tax bills West Yorkshire Trading Standards have issued a warning concerning “Council Tax re-banding companies”. Over the past two years, Trading Standards have seen an increasing number of complaints concerning companies who, for an up front fee promise to reduce the householder’s council tax.  In reality customers have been left out of pocket and have struggled to get their money back where clearly the service offered has been misdescribed or not...
11 Apr 2012
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) welcomes the Consumer Landscape Review announced today by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.The streamlined Consumer Landscape will strengthen the effectiveness of the enforcement of consumer rights with a new centre stage role for trading standards in the coordination of action on issues of national significance.The essential work done by trading standards in protecting consumers and supporting honest businesses has been recognised with an increased funding of £10.5million for England, Wales and Scotland to...
11 Apr 2012
TSI response (PDF 68.8KB). TSI is concerned that one of the proposals appears to suggest that all Local Authority Trading Standards Services should obtain UKAS certificates rather than use the current peer review system to ensure the quality of work performed by Services having notified body status. If so, this would have substantial cost implications.    
4 Apr 2012
TSI response (PDF 144KB). The Food Standards Agency has proposed the consolidation of the food contact materials Statutory Instruments.
3 Apr 2012
TSI response (PDF 54.4KB). TSI wishes to offer robust support for the proposed amendments. The four UK Assay Offices are independent business units which need to remain profitable if they are to continue to provide services to the precious metal trade. Without these services the UK hallmarking regime could not exist and hence a historic and still inherently valuable consumer protection mechanism would be removed from the market place.
2 Apr 2012