On Friday 1 April a 21 month old boy died after he was strangled by the nylon cord of a blind hanging next to his cot.If you're a parent or know someone who has children who has blinds in their home then please read this important information. It is reported from RoSPA that since 1999 at least 15 toddlers in the UK have died after being strangled by blind and curtain cords.RoSPA is part of 'The Make It Safe campaign' which...
7 Apr 2011
TSI response (PDF 207KB). TSI and LG Regulation have submitted a robust 12-page joint response in which they point out that enforcers, industry and consumers associations are united in their opinion that repealing the PMA is detrimental to consumers and an extra burden on business.
5 Apr 2011
TSI are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of a major upgrade to its ts interlink secure information and communication system. In response to a recent user survey, Tuesday 5th April will see the system sporting a:modern, updated and easy-to-use interfacebrand new and improved search enginenews service that’s updated throughout the day store of ts today articles to aid researchWe’ve been hosting a series of online demonstrations to showcase this exciting development including an introduction to the new-look ts interlink...
1 Apr 2011
TSI response (PDF 137KB). TSI believes that the proposed health and wellbeing boards should be able to consider the relevant activities of Trading Standards Services and incorporate them within their local strategic plans whilst enabling the local authority Trading Standards Departments to remain financially independent from the board.
31 Mar 2011
TSI response (PDF 134KB). TSI and its Members look forward to making a positive and valuable contribution towards achieving key public health outcomes.
31 Mar 2011
TSI response (PDF 139KB). Whilst TSI is surprised that the valuable contribution of Trading Standards towards improving health and wellbeing was not acknowledged in this White Paper, we welcome the Government's recognition of the Trading Standards role in tobacco control in its Tobacco Control Plan for England and hopes that the Government will continue to recognise the Trading Standards role in future strategies to be published under the auspices of this White Paper. This response is full of examples of...
31 Mar 2011
TSI response (PDF 128KB). TSI explains why it thinks that the cost of enforcement will not, as assumed, be minimal and how some matters as drafted will prevent effective enforcement.
30 Mar 2011
TSI response (PDF 114KB). TSI believes that providing simple financial products which people find easy to understand and compare would encourage more consumers to take advantage of this type of product and promote competition. The need for some form of legislative requirement is suggested, together with the need for a standardised template for offering the same information for each product.
25 Mar 2011
George Osborne’s budget includes tax increases on tobacco and alcohol that will hopefully help in the battle to reduce under age sales. The Trading Standards Institute notes his commitment to ‘substantially’ reduce burdens of the communications and media regulatory framework and, while welcoming anything that supports Intellectual Property (IP)-intensive businesses, will look closely at any following detail to identify any potential detriment to consumers.For more information and a summary of the The Plan for Growth document visit the policy pages...
24 Mar 2011
TSI response (PDF 202KB). A detailed 15-page response in which TSI describes the central role of Trading Standards in the current consumer credit regime (intelligence gathering, enforcement, Illegal Money Lending Teams, provision of information and advice to consumers and businesses) and states that the profession will lend its support to whatever option the Government decides upon, just has it has so successfully in the past. The Institute warns, however, that it is vital that the Consumer Credit legislation is not...
22 Mar 2011