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TSI's Civil Law Lead Officer David Sanders has been mentioned several times in a House of Lords Committee as a major influence in the defeat of three amendments which would have adversely affected a TSI-supported Bill.  The Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Bill, as drafted by the Law Commission, is a culmination of a campaign, backed by TSI since 2010 , that has been calling for a long overdue change in archaic insurance law heavily balanced against the consumer. Mr...
15 Nov 2011
Consumers are being urged to make sure that bonfires and explosions stay well outside of your home during the fireworks season, warn Trading Standards as they take action to remove dangerous giant and novelty lighters from sale. Giant lighters can explode into fireballs without warning because their flame doesn’t always go completely out after use and they contain up to five times more gas than regular lighters. They are illegal to transport anywhere in Europe, since they contain as much as...
11 Nov 2011
Get Safe Online, in partnership with Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers and the Association of Chief Police Officers, recently published its new “Rough Guide to Online Safety.”  Unveiled as part of the seventh annual Get Safe Online Week running from 7th-11th November, the “Rough Guide to Online Safety” is a handbook outlining the main security issues and recommended protective measures for consumers and small businesses.  Forty per cent of computer users have experienced virus attacks and it is estimated...
9 Nov 2011
The Trading Standards Institute is concerned about the continuing ability of the enforcement system as a whole to ensure UK consumers remain protected from unfair traders after a new report shows an alarming decline of trading standards funds and lack of coordination.Protecting Consumers- the System for Enforcing Consumer Law, published by the Public Accounts Committee today (9 November), shows that although much detriment to consumers occurs at the regional and national levels, incentives are weighted against a coordinated approach by...
9 Nov 2011
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards' ongoing clampdown on bogus charity bag collectors is paying dividends after more than 1000 empty bags and clothing that had already been collected was seized from a collection van in Warwick.Trading Standards Officers discovered the collector following a day of action against all rogue traders.The bags carried an image of a helicopter and claimed to raise money for ‘air ambulances’. However, Trading Standards believe that clothing donations made with these bags are being sold for profit with none...
7 Nov 2011
Surrey County Council has joined a growing number of local authorities who are stepping up the fight against cold callers.Residents are encouraged to pick up a free “Stop Cold Calling” sticker pack warning doorstoppers that they could be prosecuted by trading standards; refusing to go away is banned practice under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.The initiative has been launched following the success of Surrey’s ‘No Cold Calling Zones’ (NCCZ) which have been running for six years and...
7 Nov 2011
The link to our website from the recent weekly highlights publication appears to be incorrect. The website URL should be http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/events/prosafeemars.cfm  The published address is missing the last three characters cfm after the full stop which is why it is not working. 
7 Nov 2011
Thousands of pounds worth of fake goods were seized by Trading Standards Officers from Nottinghamshire County Council during an anti-counterfeiting operation at a Sunday market . More than 3,400 items including music CDs, music MP3s, computer games and computer software were confiscated during the raid at Thoresby Market, near Ollerton on 23 October. Items included copies of the Wii Zumba game and Adobe Photoshop CS5 software which were being sold at a fraction of their retail value. CDs containing copies of the...
3 Nov 2011
West Yorkshire Trading Standards, Environmental Health and the Health Protection Agency ran a week long project to assess whether sun beds shops are allowing children under the age of 18 to use UV sun beds in October.Since April this year it has been illegal for sun bed businesses to offer UV sun beds  to children under the age of 18.   Businesses failing to comply with this could face fines of up to £20,000.  The legislation has been developed by the...
3 Nov 2011
The Common Approach to Competency for regulators has been launched, providing a unique set of agreed core skills for regulators to use, supported by web based resources for personal development planning. The World Class Coalition, comprising representatives from the CIEH, TSI, Institute of Licensing, Local Government Group, Health and Safety Executive, Food Standards Agency, National Measurement Office, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, and Association of Port Health Authorities, amongst others, has issued a statement of support for the ground...
1 Nov 2011