Fed up consumers who say no to receiving cold calls have won assurances from energy firms that they will no longer be bothered on the doorstep.Following lengthy campaigning by energy watchdog Consumer Focus and the Trading Standards Institute the Big Six energy companies have said they are now committed to respecting the wishes of people who live in recognised ‘no cold calling zones’ or display signs saying no to cold callers.The Money Saving Expert promptly designed a poster and sticker...
7 Jun 2010
TSI response (PDF 112KB). TSI believes that the proposals set out in this consultation should go some way to reducing the number of official inspections carried out on dairy farms. TSI also bellieves that, furthermore, the proposed arrangement on Dairy Hygiene Inspections is a positive step to show the farming community that official inspection agencies can work with Assurance Schemes to reduce the inspection burden on farmers.  
7 Jun 2010
TSI has issued an invitation to bid for the contract for the provision of the Membership Publication for the Trading Standards InstituteBackgroundThe Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is a professional membership association formed in 1881.  It represents trading standards professionals in the UK and overseas - in local authorities, the business and consumer sectors and in central government. TSI is a not-for-profit membership association. Our requirements:TSI requires a contractor to supply its flagship membership publication, TS Today.  The contract will be...
3 Jun 2010
Bromley trading standards are cracking down on rogue doorstep traders bringing to justice three conmen in separate court cases.James Doherty, from  Essex, operating as Home Discount Paving, pleaded guilty on 26 May 2010 to three charges of unfair trading – two for aggressive commercial practice and one for engaging in misleading commercial practice. He also pleaded guilty to one charge of criminal damage. Magistrates fined him a total of £2,000 for the four offences and ordered him to pay £300...
3 Jun 2010
Croydon Council’s trading standards service has concluded its landmark Crown Court case against a prolific computer games counterfeiter in a case suspected of involving more than £800,000.  Franz Chung’s sentencing was concluded on 25 May at Croydon Crown Court after a protracted investigation going back to 2007 - in which the council were assisted by officers from ELSPA (the UK software publishing association). At the time when charges were first brought this was one of the very first cases in...
1 Jun 2010
TSI response (PDF 116KB). Apart from some concerns about detail, TSI welcomes the additional powers offered by Part 3 of the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act as being valuable and appropriate. TSI therefore supports this initiative in testing the waters to ensure that the potential value of such new measures is realised.  
28 May 2010
The successful launch of the All Wales Doorstep Crime Campaign took place at the Millennium Stadium on 26 May.The event was presented by Sara Edwards, a well-known television presenter across Wales, and speakers included Carl Sergeant AM, Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, Sarah Stone, Deputy Older Persons Commissioner for Wales, Ken Yorston, Chair of WhoTS, Lisa Mitchell, Chairperson of the All Wales Doorstep Crime Group.The Minister spoke of the commitment of the Welsh Assembly Government to improving the...
27 May 2010
TSI response (PDF 113KB). TSI is concerned that the European Commission does not fully appreciate the role of TSOs in inland detection of imported counterfeit goods in the UK. Currently, European Regulations prevent HM Revenue and Customs sharing information on counterfeit goods with Trading Standards Services - this gateway must be opened.
25 May 2010
TSI response (PDF 147KB). TSI is keen to engage with the Government to produce an EPC regime that encourages compliance and supports enforcement. But the current EPC Regulations need more than a few minor "tweaks".
25 May 2010
TSI response (PDF 113KB). TSI is in general agreement with the proposals presented.
24 May 2010