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TSI response (PDF 113KB). TSi points out that the regulations do not appear to contain the power to sample. TSI also raises various other issues.
27 May 2011
The Electrical Safety Council would like to invite local Trading Standards teams, Fire and Rescue Services and other community safety bodies to apply for funding of up to £5,000 per application. As part of the ESC’s ongoing commitment to reduce electrical-related fires in homes, this initiative will provide an opportunity for the ESC to continue to work in partnership and support electrical-related fire prevention schemes at local level that aim to influence safety standards and change behaviours to help keep...
27 May 2011
Siân Jones will facilitate the plenary 'Regenerating the economy through good business' on Wednesday 22 June.  She has been a regular anchor for the ITV morning news and GMTV for London over the past five years. She has also immersed herself in the world of property, presenting Property Pensions for the Overseas Property Channel.Siân's presenting experience extends to a huge variety of other channels too, from Bloomberg Television to CNBC Europe where she worked as a financial anchor as well...
26 May 2011
TSI response (PDF 120KB). TSI states that the Equality Act 2010 is not aimed at companies that have put in place Challenge 21/25 schemes to ensure that age-restricted products are not are not sold to children. Such age verification methods are endorsed by industry, as well as both local and central government, and TSI urges that an exception be granted.
25 May 2011
A joint statement of intent has been issued by TSI and Citizens Advice. The letter sets out framework of how consumer policy will be delivered in the new landscape following Government consultation in June. TSI will be consulting with its members shortly to gauge member's views. Click here to view the document. Andy Foster, TSI Operations Director, said: 'The Government's proposals give us opportunity to radically redesign how we deliver consumer policy in the UK. This is our time to build...
17 May 2011
The first reading has taken place in the House of Lords for The Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Bill. This is a hugely significant moment for the Trading Standards Institute, who has been campaigning for a change in consumer insurance law since May 2009. The archaic insurance law dates back to the Marine Insurance Act 1906 which, as a commercial statute, is heavily weighted against consumers. It allows insurers to refuse a claim if the policyholder failed to disclose any...
17 May 2011
The Trading Standards Institute first highlighted misleading tactics used by utility doorstep salespeople in 2009 which drove us to then call for a ban on doorstep energy sales. Our campaigns have seen the Big Six energy companies agree to not operate in areas that have been identified as No Cold Calling Zones (NCCZs) and now Surrey Trading Standards has led an investigation that has resulted in a landmark guilty verdict for one of these Big Six energy companies.Ron Gainsford, Chief...
11 May 2011
TSI response (PDF 232KB). Members of the trading standards profession believe that the removal of cheques will lead to the most vulnerable reverting to cash payments. This in turn may lead to a lack of evidence regarding doorstep crime incidents and may increase the number of victims of distraction burglary.
5 May 2011
TSI response (PDF 120KB). TSI supports the provision of a clear indication of the national enforcement priorities / priority regulatory outcomes by the Local Better Regulation Office. The priorities as identified give a clear steer to the local authority as to how to ensure that they are able to meet the needs of the local community whilst recognising the enforcement priorities for the country as a whole.
5 May 2011
On 9 May 1881 around 30 independent weights and measures inspectors, and a small number of scale manufacturers, came together for the first meeting of the British Association of Inspectors of Weights and Measures in Manchester. At the same time the government, through The Board of Trade, started a qualifying examination for inspectors.In 1949 the Association changed its name to the Institute of Weights and Measures Administration. It was not long after this that the first Institute examinations took place,...
4 May 2011