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
Ron Gainsford, Chief Executive for the Trading Standards Institute, has responded to the Localism Bill which was published yesterday (13.12.10). He said: 'Power is being placed by the Coalition Government with local government through the Localism Bill, but greater power is being placed with the local electorate and local communities to call their councils to account and to drive their service and spend priorities.  'We believe local communities, people, economies and employment will disproportionately suffer if the vital role and...
14 Dec 2010
TSI response (PDF 112KB). TSI takes the opportunity to state its support for the work being done in this area by BIS.
10 Dec 2010
TSI response (PDF 116KB). TSI welcomes the proposed amendment concerning whether food business operators should continue to operate pending the outcome of an appeal against decisions to refuse or withdraw their approval for handling products of animal origin.  
10 Dec 2010
Recently gathered research from Ofcom shows that UK consumers are the highest spenders in Europe when it comes to shopping online. With this in mind, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) would like to remind consumers about the potential risks involved. The total value of online purchases that UK internet users said they made in the last six months was £1,031. This was higher than any other major European country and nearly double the amount spent by Germany, who was the...
8 Dec 2010
A 34-year-old man has been handed a prison sentence after pleading guilty to selling counterfeit designer clothing online. Amit Sharma of Forbes Parks, Robins Lane, Bramhall and formerly of Cheltenham Drive, Sale, appeared at Manchester Crown Court on 26 November 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to five specimen charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994. On 14 February 2007 Trafford Trading Standards, supported by Greater Manchester Police, executed an...
2 Dec 2010