70+ separate Trading Standards Services have been represented over four meetings which were designed to give fellow professionals, whether members of TSI or not, their chance to have a say on changes to qualifications for trading standards professionals and the proposed definition of a trading standards practitioner.We have received almost universal positivity from those people we have talked to at the meetings and we look forward to making progress at Lincoln in what is such a crucial matter for our...
14 Oct 2010
TSI response (PDF 112KB). Summary of the TSI online response which emphasised the importance of consumer confidence and also, in relation to cross-border transactions, the importance of ECC-Net (see www.ukecc.net). TSI also noted that the wide demands on Trading Standards Services (leading to prioritisation) and public spending cuts are likely to result in less enforcement online.
13 Oct 2010
TSI response (PDF 97.4KB). A joint TSI / Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO) response. Both bodies have been involved in the work undertaken by the OFT in developing this response and in designing a strategy for e-consumer protection, and we are pleased that our comments to date have been considered in the development of this important strategy.
13 Oct 2010
TSI response (PDF 107KB). A brief response pointing out that Trading Standards Officers enforce the relevant labelling legislation as well as Environmental Health Officers.
13 Oct 2010
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