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Success for trading standards as the Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 26 January) the outcome of the Government's review of counter-terrorism and security powers. She also announced the publication of Lord Macdonald's Review on the same subject.Trading Standards will retain the right to use powers under RIPA.The Government review recommends the following: i. Magistrate's approval should be required for all three techniques [Directed Surveillance, Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS), and Communications Data (CD)] and should be...
27 Jan 2011
Press release from Bromley Trading Standards:Bromley’s Trading Standards team have taken action to prevent supermarket customers from being sold short when it comes to buying loose produce.In a case brought by the Council on Wednesday 19 January 2011, Bromley Magistrates fined Lidl a total of £4,190 and ordered that they pay Bromley Council’s court costs of £1,166 after the company pleaded guilty to using illegal weighing equipment and selling short measures to consumers.Following a complaint from a local resident alleging that Lidl’s...
26 Jan 2011
The Electrical Safety Council are in the process of finalising an impact framework measurement for their campaigns. As part of the process they  would like to conduct a 20-minute semi-structured interview with 25 Trading Standards Managers to measure current levels of awareness, attitudes and behaviour. Ipsos Mori is conducting the research with a plan to have it undertaken in January.If you are prepared to be interviewed please could you let Anneke Rousseau Head of Communications know on 01582 556557 or...
18 Jan 2011
The House of Commons Public Administration Committee has published a report "Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango State" attacking the management, lack of meaningful consultation and ill-defined tests that the Government used in conducting the review of public bodies.TSI Chief Executive Ron Gainsford said 'This Report serves to further illustrate the significance, scale and difficulty of the programme the Coalition Government has quickly embarked upon to review arm's length bodies, increase accountability and achieve austerity savings. Our TSI focus throughout this process has...
10 Jan 2011
It was reported that Boxing Day sales hit a record high with around 5 million people buying products online, spending an estimated £153 million. But a survey carried out by the Trading Standards Institute revealed confusion around buying goods in the sales.More than 1,300 (1,329) members of the public took part in the survey (December 2010) to determine what consumers know about their rights when it comes to shopping. When asked why they had not returned items to a retailer,...
5 Jan 2011
The Trading Standards Institute is delighted with the announcement that the Government will continue to fund the Illegal Money Lending (IML) and Scambuster teams at approximately the same level as in 2010, £5.2m and £3.2m respectively.    The announcement by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills reflects the value it places in these projects. There are currently nine Scambusters teams and to date they have saved consumers an estimated £23m and uncovered an estimated £55m worth of fraud.TSI also welcomes...
4 Jan 2011
TSI response (PDF 60.6KB). The Trading Standards Institute has submitted a brief comment on labelling.
24 Dec 2010
TSI response (PDF 129KB). The Trading Standards Institute raises a number of issues with the current provisions that it believes hinders compliance and enforcement. 
21 Dec 2010
Press release from Motor CodesMotor Codes has appointed Ron Gainsford OBE, Chief Executive of Trading Standards Institute (TSI), as Chairman of the Independent Compliance Assessment Panel (ICAP).ICAP supervises the work of Motor Codes as part of government requirements for Motor Codes’ self-regulation of the automotive retail, service and repair and warranty sectors.Taking up his position in the New Year, Ron will work to ensure ICAP’s continued, effective monitoring of each Code, concentrating efforts on the growth of the Service and...
20 Dec 2010
TSI response (PDF 127KB). The Trading Standards Institute supports a modernisation of the current Directive in order to enhance the health policies of Member States. 
15 Dec 2010