Illegal sales of alcohol to youngsters in North East Lincolnshire have been dramatically reduced in the past four years thanks to the trading standards’ efforts to enforce the law on retailers.The latest figures obtained from test purchasing in the borough, by North East Lincolnshire Council, show that just nine per cent of shops sold alcohol to underage customers - a dramatic reduction since 2005 when some 40 per cent of licensees failed the test purchases.This successful reduction in illegal sales has...
15 Jan 2010
A young toy designer who won the Playsafe award at Trading Standards Institute’s conference in 2009 went to London for a lunch organised in her honour at the House of Lords on 14 January, hosted by TSI’s president Baroness Crawley.The clever creativity of Amber Hainey from Walkden, in Manchester, was rewarded with the top prize of the Playsafe competition, run by TSI and sponsored by the British Toy and Hobby Association, which invites children aged six to 17 to design a...
13 Jan 2010
In response to the collapse of Vance Miller's trading standards trial, Oldham Council has issued the following statement: Charlie Parker, Oldham Council's chief executive, said: ‘We worked with a significant number of other local authorities from across the country to bring this case to court. ‘We are disappointed by the judge's decision, but this was an extremely complex and ground-breaking case which was always going to be challenging. ‘We have decided not to appeal and are now establishing a thorough and independent...
12 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 131KB). TSI would like to see that certain products (for example sub-prime financial products, credit products, age-restricted products) are either heavily controlled or banned from being advertised in this manner.
8 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 336KB). TSI welcomes the proposed regulations with certain reservations. Furthermore, it does not believe that the proposed regulations concerning the prohibition of the sale of tobacco from vending machines will be enforceable    
4 Jan 2010
A senior member of the Trading Standards Institute has received an MBE in the New Year honours list for services to consumers and business.TSI is delighted its former chairman Bryan Lewin has been recognised for his tireless efforts over many decades in raising the profile of the trading standards profession.TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: ‘It is fantastic to see Bryan so wonderfully recognised – he is highly regarded by all and I cannot think of anyone more deserving.‘He has...
4 Jan 2010
TSI response (PDF 114KB). TSI supports the Food Standards Agency's suggested course of action
24 Dec 2009
TSI welcomes the Government consultation on the repeal of bills of sale legislation for consumer credit.  The legislation dating from 1854 regulating 'chattel mortgages' was created to prevent fraud against lenders to the business community. It predates the concept of 'consumer' let alone consumer protection and therefore affords the consumer none of the protection the Consumer Credit Act 1974 provided for consumer borrowing.  It is almost exclusively used to finance car sales in the non-prime sector or as a method...
24 Dec 2009
TSI response (PDF 126KB). TSI believes that the proposed specification for test fabric is too detailed and suggests that used in British Standards BS 7176 and BS 7177. TSI reiterates its view that the Regulations as a whole need to be amended in order to iron out various enforcement difficulties
23 Dec 2009
The archaic insurance law leaving consumers vulnerable at their hour of need could finally be reformed as Scottish and English Law Commissions publish a report recommending new legislation with widespread support.The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has been campaigning for a change in consumer insurance law since May 2009 when the issues around it where highlighted at the organisation’s All Party Parliamentary Group meeting. David Sanders, TSI’s chairman, said:  'The report from the Law Commissions is clear and fair – which...
18 Dec 2009