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In the House of Lords Committee Stage (Day Nine) of the Public Bodies Bill on Wednesday 9 March Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Government spokesperson, said:'On the consumer proposals themselves, the transfer of most consumer enforcement functions will target resource where it is most needed-to support trading standards services, which the Government believe are best able to ensure robust enforcement against rogue traders, scams and businesses which abuse the law and their relationship with consumers. The resources that were available to...
10 Mar 2011
The weekend of Friday 25 February - Monday 28 February saw a large amount of coverage on the BBC for trading standards. On Saturday 26 February Adrian Simpson, lead officer without portfolio, was on the BBC Breakfast sofa talking about mass marketing fraud.BBC Radio 5 Live was in contact about Bills of Sale and spoke to Andy Foster, Operations Director, and David Sanders, lead officer for civil law, to get TSI's stance. David was interviewed by Adrian Goldberg from 5 Live...
1 Mar 2011
Edward Davey MP addressed the delegates of the 2011 Year Ahead conference on the budget cuts that services are being asked to contemplate. Via a video recorded message the Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs expressed his support to the trading standards service and the invaluable work they do across the country. ‘I am well aware of the vital work you do, protecting consumers against rogue traders and scam merchants that can blight communities.‘The unavoidable truth is that...
10 Feb 2011
200 delegates came together at the annual Year Ahead conference on Thursday 10 February to hear a number of key speakers address the crucial issues facing regulatory services. Speakers from Government and business will challenge the concerns arising from the current economic climate, with subjects ranging from the consumer protection network to addressing crisis management in a time of staff cuts and reduced budgets.In the wake of the coalition government’s spending review the past few months have seen the dawn of...
10 Feb 2011
Ron Gainsford, chief executive of TSI, has welcomed the announcement on LBRO’s future. The announcement was made today (4/2/11) by Business Minister Mark Prisk MP. It has been decided that LBRO’s work will be carried forward by a streamlined body within the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).'This is a long awaited and important announcement. We are pleased the Minister is confirming Government’s policy by way of a successor body for the LBRO.  It gives the certainty required to plan how...
4 Feb 2011
Press release from Tower Hamlets trading standards service: A director of a company based at 1 Canada Square has been fined £4,000 for falsely advertising jobs for drivers.Hardeep Bharya of Harvey Road, Berkshire, SL3 whose company Highlife LGV Ltd offered Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) training pleaded guilty to three charges, under the Consumer Protection and Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday 14 January. The charges related to advertisements for HGV driver vacancies on the web-based market place Gumtree...
3 Feb 2011
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched their 2011 Scams Awareness Month on Tuesday 1 February in association with trading standards. In a bid to raise awareness of mass market scam mailings, trading standards services across the country will be alerting consumers about scams, and how they can outsmart the scammers. Every year 3.2 million adults falls victim to scams. Deceptive mailings, phone calls or emails are all designed to con victims out of their money. As a result an incredible...
1 Feb 2011
Better protection for UK holiday-makers on its way as the new Timeshare Directive is implementedConsumers across the UK are set to benefit from greater protection when they buy and resell timeshare holidays, or timeshare-like holidays on cruise boats, canal boats, caravans and "discount holiday clubs" when new regulations are introduced across the EU. The new Timeshare Directive (2008/122/EC) is expected to be implemented shortly into national law across the EU to enhance consumer protection surrounding timeshares and holiday products.In the...
1 Feb 2011
This month saw the tenth anniversary of the foot and mouth epidemic which broke out in February 2001, and cost the economy £8 billion. Since then the UK has dealt with smaller outbreaks of the disease, as well as major influenzas. Ten years on what has changed? Would we be ready if another strain hit – particularly with the imminent cuts to government spending?Bulgaria and Turkey are currently dealing with an outbreak which has resulted in the culling of more than...
1 Feb 2011
Thursday 27 January was a momentous occasion for Ron Gainsford, Chief Executive of the Trading Standards Institute, as he received his OBE at Buckingham Palace from HRH The Prince of Wales.Ron has been a member of TSI for almost 40 years and joined the Institute as its chief executive in February 2002. In more than three decades of service, he has striven to transform the relationship between business and regulators to focus on increasing consumer protection while helping businesses to...
28 Jan 2011