England's first large scale operation by trading standards against illegal tobacco products saw a total of 2,594,858 cigarettes seized, with a value of £614,488.Operation Henry took place between May and November 2014 and involved 81 local authority trading standards services carrying out intelligence led investigations with specialist tobacco detection dogs, leading to 67 seizures across the country. On average, 56% of premises searched revealed illegal tobacco, with the highest seizure rate coming from the North East of England at 94%. Eight days...
28 Jan 2015
TSI response (PDF 374KB). TSI fully supports the proposal to make local authority trading standards responsible for the enforcement of the proposed legislation in terms of achieving a consistent approach to age restricted products. TSI would, however, draw attention to the severe reduction in resources (40% budget cuts and 45% staff cuts since 2010 despite trading standards enforcing over 250 pieces of legislation).
26 Jan 2015
The need to reduce alcohol-related harm in Edinburgh while supporting economic development is being presented to councillors.A report to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Health, Social Care and Housing Committee on January 27 2014 will state that in the capital:the cost of alcohol-related harm to the Council’s social care services is £29 million;the impact on economic productivity is an estimated £85m,alcohol-related deaths doubled between 1991 and 2004;47% of adults drink more than recommended guidelines;26% of serious assaults committed in public places are...
21 Jan 2015
In the run up to this year’s general election TSI are implementing a strategy to raise the profile of trading standards among politicians. Our hope is that further engagement will move trading standards up the political agenda and help garner further support for the array of work trading standards services are carrying out across the UK.Our ‘Create a Campaign’ competition, sponsored by Waitrose, launched at Westminster on February 4, and a further event is planned at the Scottish Parliament in...
16 Jan 2015
At Guildford Crown Court today (15 January), before HHJ Fraser, Trevor Arthur PEGG, a 61 year old man from Epsom in Surrey was sentenced to three years imprisonment following a two week trial in December 2014 when he was convicted on 13 counts relating to the running of a fraudulent business selling counterfeit DVDs on eBay and Play.com. The investigation into PEGG was carried out by officers from Surrey Trading Standards Service, supported by evidence provided by officers from the Federation...
15 Jan 2015
TSI response (PDF 75.4KB). TSI agrees with the CAP proposals to remove its distance selling rules which relate to pre-contractual information and post-contractual matters. TSI does, however, stress the importance of CAP taking account of guidance produced by the EC, BIS and TSI concerning compliance with the Consumer Contracts etc Regulations of 2013.
13 Jan 2015
TSI response (PDF 74.3KB). TSI agrees with the BCAP proposals to remove its distance selling rules which relate to pre-contractual information and post-contractual matters. TSI does, however, stress the importance of BCAP taking account of guidance produced by the EC, BIS and TSI concerning compliance with the Consumer Contracts etc Regulations of 2013.
13 Jan 2015
TSI response (PDF 197KB). Although local authorities (and hence trading standards services) are outside the scope of this duty, one of their partner organisations, the British Hallmarking Council (BHC), IS within its scope. TSI has no issue with this but queries the further inclusion of Assay Offices within the scope of the duty.
9 Jan 2015
Warwickshire County Council’s trading standards service was able to seize a number of fake and dangerous ‘Frozen’ dolls, before they reached the shop shelves.Trading standards officers, working alongside the UK Border Force identified the suspect Chinese imports of ‘Frozen’ dolls and seized them before they could go on sale to the public.Tests on the fake products also revealed that they contained phthalates, chemicals harmful to children.Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, portfolio holder for community safety said: “Warwickshire trading standards service...
8 Jan 2015
We at the Trading Standards Institute urge the new Government in its first 100 days to acknowledge the inextricable link between consumer protection and economic growth. Consumers fuel economic expansion in the UK, yet consumer education and protection is often too low on the agenda and funding is frequently side-lined to projects with more outwardly visible benefits. Recent figures from the National Audit Office indicate that local authority budgets are being cut across the board and the our workforce survey...
5 Jan 2015