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Millions of illegal cigarettes filled with dead flies, human excrement and abnormally-high levels of cancer causing chemicals are being taken off the streets by councils cracking down on the black market trade. The Local Government Association said efforts to reduce smoking and improve health are being hampered by the illicit trade, which also costs the UK economy around £3 billion a year in unpaid duty. Recent councils hauls have seen sniffer dogs deployed in Birmingham to trace bootlegged tobacco. Hundreds...
26 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 137KB). TSI is supportive of the proposals for a prohibition on smoking in private vehicles when children are present. 
22 Aug 2014
A Girlguiding group from Reading has joined the fight against illegal money lenders and been rewarded today (22 August) for making a difference in their community by being named as the Stop Loan Sharks Champions for 2014. The 5th Tilehurst Guides won the award which is hosted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team in partnership with trading standards around the country. To mark the occasion, Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swinson will praise the Guides at a Parliamentary reception today...
22 Aug 2014
Two men were arrested and an estimated £400,000 was seized a travel agencies in East London today as part of an ongoing investigation into Hajj fraud. The investigation by Birmingham City Council Trading Standards and City of London Police, saw searches on two travel agencies suspected of selling Hajj packages with false or no travel protection. The tour operators are suspected of selling package holidays, including Hajj pilgrimages, by either falsely claiming to have Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL) protection...
21 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 174KB). TSI is delighted to congratulate the British credit union movement on its 50th anniversary and acknowledges its role in enabling people on low incomes to access loans in a safe and managed environment. TSI makes a number of suggestions for attaining a substantial level of support for the movement.
20 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 170KB). TSI supports the introduction of a cap on the basis of the recent FCA research indicating that (1) it will lower extortionate costs for borrowers; (2) it will prevent borrowing costs escalating beyond a fixed level; and (3) it will raise the entry level for acceptance by the lender of borrowers according to their means and ability to pay. TSI also recommends a cap on turnarounds between loans.    
20 Aug 2014
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has today published a new code of practice for sky lanterns - aimed at and developed by industry. The code was the outcome of discussions between Government and industry hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Concerns have been raised surrounding the safety of sky lanterns, as they have the potential to create a risk to consumers, cause fires, accidentally alert coastal rescue services, litter the land and sea, damage livestock and animal health...
20 Aug 2014
Islington Council has won a court order against an Islington-based letting agent forcing them to improve their game. The council's Trading Standards service took legal action after complaints from tenants and landlords about some trading practices of David Philips Estate Agents. Concerns were raised about tenants’ deposits not being returned, and rental income not being passed on to landlords, even after written assurances had been given to the council that this would happen. On 13 June the County Court at...
19 Aug 2014
A Bournemouth-based trader has been ordered to pay nearly £4,000 having been prosecuted by Dorset County Council’s trading standards service for making false claims when advertising his drainage services in a local directory.On 13 August 2014, at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court, Barry Kilduff (33), of Highland Crescent, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to four offences under the The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Kilduff, trading as “Drainrite”, placed an advertisement in the Bournemouth edition of the “BT Phone Book” in which he...
15 Aug 2014
Thousands of UK consumers, who might have un-wittingly bought harmful poor quality cosmetics, are better off this week thanks to the intervention of the National Trading Standards eCrime Team. The Team based in Northallerton and in York, seized and destroyed £1000’s worth of un-labelled cosmetics imported from China and the Far East which were destined for sale throughout the UK. Consumer protection legislation prevents un-labelled cosmetics being sold in the United Kingdom not only because of potential safety issues, but also...
13 Aug 2014