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TSI response (PDF 214KB). TSI concerns centre on the requirement for trading standards officers to give 48 hours notice of a "routine" inspection and the lack of any reference to the Regulator's Code or Primary / Home Authority. TSI also identifies a lack of clarity in parts of the guidance and several errors.
24 Nov 2014
TSI response (PDF 243KB). TSI favours a repeal of the Bills of Sale Acts and the remainder of the 1964 Hire Purchase Act. The present desperation by consumers in the tightening financial markets has convinced TSI that the whole of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 needs reforming to better protect the consumers in the rapidly changing market.
21 Nov 2014
Baroness Hayter, shadow consumer affairs minister in the House of Lords, has explained her plans to 'change the Consumer Rights Bill to protect the UK's most vulnerable', in a recent blog post and supported TSI's concerns over the 48 hours' notice to businesses clause in the Bill. Released on the first day of the report stage of the Consumer Rights Bill, Baroness Hayter has asked for the removal of 'a nonsensical clause from the Bill regarding the government’s intent to make Trading...
19 Nov 2014
The Trading Standards Institute’s (TSI) chief executive Leon Livermore said: “We are extremely concerned by  the lack of any coordinated monitoring of the impact financial cuts are having on local authorities’ service delivery, as shown by the National Audit Office’s latest report.“At TSI we have been ringing the alarm bells over the savage budget cuts to trading standards services for some time. The number of trading standards staff has already been halved over five years, potentially putting the health and wellbeing...
19 Nov 2014
Mohammed Bashir, aged 30 of Bradford was sentenced to a 12 month prison sentence at Leeds Crown Court on 14 November 2014 after pleading guilty to six sample offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and participating in a fraudulent business.The case related to illegal trading of counterfeit and pirate copy DVDs from Jav’s video shop on Brudenell Road, Leeds, opposite the independent cinema Hyde Park cinema house.  After receipt of complaints about the business, officers from West Yorkshire trading...
18 Nov 2014
An investigation has been launched after Enfield Council’s trading standards officers seized more than 1,000 counterfeit mobile phone chargers and 111 potentially lethal travel adaptors. Officers from the council visited shops in the borough as part of a drive to cut the supply of unsafe mobile phone chargers and seized a number of unsafe devices, further investigation revealed that a number of shops in the borough and elsewhere in London were being supplied by a mobile phone accessories wholesaler who is...
12 Nov 2014
On Thursday 13 November 2014, a team of employees based at the head office of Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Plc in Bradford will be giving up their day job to help older residents from the local community protect themselves from scams, frauds and doorstep crime by delivering activities as part of ‘The SAFER Project’. The initiative is a community education and empowerment project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is delivered by West Yorkshire trading standards. The partnership work follows...
10 Nov 2014
A number of the Trading Standards Institute's (TSI) recommendations were heeded following a consultation by the Committees of Advertising Practice's (CAP) new rules on e-cigarette advertising. Coming into effect today (10 November 2014), e-cigarette adverts must not appeal to children or non-smokers. Recommending that any e-cigarette adverts are directed at people who already smoke, TSI advised that adverts should suggest e-cigarettes are "an alternative to existing tobacco use, not a starting point."In the consultation TSI said: "There is, we believe, the potential for...
10 Nov 2014
Banks and building societies are being urged to help protect their vulnerable people from handing over their hard-earned cash to doorstep criminals as part of this year’s National Consumer Week. The calls come as a survey of doorstep crime victims has found that 16% of householders leave their house once a week or less, but when they do leave their house 76% do so to go to the bank or post office, making them a prime place to support vulnerable customers...
10 Nov 2014
TSI response (PDF 152KB). TSI supports the simplification of the recognition process to facilitate the mobility of the regulated professionals between Member States. TSI also supports the continuation of the list of Regulated Professions and the list of Chartered Bodies in the UK and Ireland that are included in Annex I and Annex II of the Directive.
6 Nov 2014