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TSI response (PDF 120KB). TSI outlines the important role of Trading Standards in the protection of the environment, the climate change agenda, and in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, highlighting the work of Lincolnshire Trading Standards. TSI articulates its support for the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) and states that any suggestion of abolishing ACP would be a retrograde step.
7 Oct 2010
Anthony Banister, owner of Motorgroup in Loughton has been ordered to pay £335,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and £65,000 in compensation to his victims totalling £400,000. He conceded that this was the value of his criminal conduct and the amount by which he personally benefited.  Essex County Council will receive 37% of the Proceeds of Crime order, which totals over £120,000. This money will be fed into the council’s budget and go towards providing services to the...
5 Oct 2010
TSI response (PDF 281KB). TSI is concerned that timeshare re-sale (the most complained-about service in this general subject area according to Consumer Direct statistics) may not be adequately covered by the proposed legislation. It also raises a number of detailed points including the need for criminal offences rather than civil sanctions.
1 Oct 2010
Two former students from a Southampton university have been found guilty of ripping off consumers across the country by selling fake tickets to some of the UK’s biggest music festivals.The pair netted in the region of £18,000 and pocketed around £12,000 once they’d covered the costs of setting up their operation. None of the proceeds have been recovered from the two men although most of the victims got their money back because they paid using secure and protected methods including...
28 Sep 2010
Three quarters of people feel unsafe when shopping online, according to a new survey into e-commerce conducted by the Trading Standards Institute.More than half (63%) fear their card or bank details will get stolen, a tenth (10%) worry their item won’t arrive and 6 per cent are concerned the item will turn out to be a fake.As National e-Consumer Week gets underway from September 20th to 24th, with events being held by local Trading Standards departments across the UK, the...
21 Sep 2010
TSI response (PDF 119KB). TSI states that law enforcement agencies must be more open to each other as regards intelligence and jiont operations. TSI is also particularly concerned that a reduction in the information required on stop check forms may have a detrimental effect upon intelligence gathered from such encounters.
20 Sep 2010
TSI response (PDF 131KB). TSI welcomes the central government investment in the better regulatory sector through an organisation like LBRO and strongly advocates that any suggestion of a withdrawal of sector funding, particularly at this very challenging economic time, risks destabilising much of the progress that has been made.
16 Sep 2010
TSI response (PDF 136KB). TSI is in general support of the majority of changes that this legislation will bring. The Institute does, however, express some concerns.
10 Sep 2010
TSI response (PDF 139KB). TSI believes that the Act has worked very well and is a vast improvement on the previous legislation. The Institute suggests some further amendments beyond those considered in the consultation which would improve its impact and workability.   
8 Sep 2010
TSI response (PDF 80.6KB). TSI considers it important that the current self-regulatory controls remain in place and that consumer confidence in the guarantees provided by the hallmarking regime are not eroded.
3 Sep 2010