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TSI response (PDF 186KB). TSI supports efforts to safeguard the environment and the introduction of a single-use plastic bag charge in England would be very agreeable move. Having canvassed colleagues in Wales for their experiences with a similar charge, TSI does make a number of observations on the proposals. 
20 Dec 2013
The chaos of Christmas is over, but for many consumers the headache is just beginning. Dealing with the hassle of broken or unwanted gifts, unexpected credit card fees and confusing fine print leaves many lacking holiday cheer.  'Now more than ever, consumers have a wide range of buying options,' said TSI chief executive Leon Livermore. 'They can buy items in the store, online, or by using a voucher. While we warn consumers to know their rights before making a purchase, it's...
20 Dec 2013
A 32 year old man who operated as a loan shark in the Openshaw area of Manchester, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years following a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday (17th Dec)David Bowie of Manshaw Road was investigated by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Manchester City Council. He must also undertake 200 hours of unpaid work within 12 months, and adhere to a curfew between 9pm and...
19 Dec 2013
An effort on combating underage alcohol sales took place this week in in the Carlisle area. Cumbria Trading Standards have been working in partnership with Cumbria Police to increase vigilance and stamp out underage alcohol sales.  The exercise, conducted on Tuesday 17th December 2013, saw result of 1 out of  the 5 of retailers tested failing to challenge the age of the 15 year old volunteer before illegally selling alcohol to him. This sale resulted in a £90 fixed penalty being...
19 Dec 2013
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service and Warwickshire Police are warning consumers to beware of lethal fake goods following a joint raid on Wellesbourne market on Saturday 14th December which led to the seizure of £4.2 million worth of counterfeit goods to add to the £3.1 million seized in September.This is the second major swoop on Wellesbourne Market in the last 3 months following concerns raised by legitimate market traders and members of the public about the ongoing level of...
18 Dec 2013
Two fraudsters who sold dodgy HGV training schemes to unsuspecting members of the public have been jailed after being prosecuted by Enfield Trading Standards.Hardeep Singh Bharya, 28, of Roseville Road, Hayes, and a second man, who ran Fast Track HGV Limited denied but were found guilty of Fraudulent Trading contrary to section 993 of the Companies Act 2006 at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 13 December.The duo conned people who wanted to gain employment as HGV drivers with a...
18 Dec 2013
Trading Standards officers are offering advice to help residents sniff out fake fragrances being sold online. In a bid to find a last minute Christmas gift for loved ones – or to bag a New Year bargain - people often buy perfume or aftershave over the internet.However, officers at Leicestershire County Council are warning that gifts may not be all they seem. Pam Posnett, County Council Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said: “Buying fragrances online can be a risky business as fakes...
17 Dec 2013
Friday 13th proved to be especially bad luck for those selling counterfeit goods on Facebook. Figures released today show more than 600 traders offering in excess of 1300 listings which are being removed in what is hoped to be the first of many such exercises aimed at disrupting and dismantling counterfeiting activity on the Facebook platform. The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and 17 of its members have been monitoring the platform and collecting evidence against individuals and groups. The fakes being targeted range...
16 Dec 2013
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has welcomed the 'Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks' interim report, but has warned that the report's recommendations could be undermined unless resources are protected within local authority trading standards teams.The interim report by Professor Chris Elliott, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast, published on 12 December, suggests a split between organised criminal investigations and ongoing advice and support to local business to combat...
16 Dec 2013
TSI response (PDF 171KB). TSI supports the UK being a member of this project group with full voting rights. It is important to do so because the proposals will include consideration of who can be a certifying authority.
13 Dec 2013