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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
TSI response (PDF 49.8KB). TSI supports the UK being a member of the project group with full voting rights because it believes that active participation will serve the best interests of the UK both within its own borders and within the European context.
13 Dec 2013
Westminster Trading Standards has instigated legal proceedings against an alternative health practitioner who uses a room in London’s Harley Street, for making various claims contrary to the Cancer Act 1939. The claims - by Errol Denton of Essex -  include claims of treating cancer by carrying out a ‘live blood test’ to ascertain ‘imbalances’ in the blood which are then treated by prescribing an alkaline diet including herbs.   Mr Denton conducted his own defence and during the opening of the trial...
13 Dec 2013
Warrington and Halton Trading Standards this week reported initial successes in their Why Risk IT? campaign against the sale of counterfeit goods, including via Facebook.Officers said that since the campaign launched in November: 32 buy-and-sell accounts have been identified on Facebook. 28 individuals selling counterfeit goods have been identified, with products ranging from cosmetics and perfumes to Ugg boots and GHD hair straighteners.4 accounts illegally selling tobacco have been identified.The undercover work has also resulted in the discovery of one Facebook site...
13 Dec 2013
A 44 year old man who operated as a loan shark in the Sale area of Trafford, has been sentenced to six months in prison, and ordered to pay back £25,000 following a hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court yesterday. Stephen Rennie of Mossfield Green, Eccles, Salford pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to illegal money lending and money laundering. He was investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Trading Standards authorities in...
13 Dec 2013
TSI response (PDF 220KB). TSI has submitted a detailed response. It highlights concerns over qualification requirements and would be happy to work with the FSA to refresh the current Diploma in Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards (DCATS) Agriculture qualification. It also seeks clarification on aspects of the use of Earned Recognition; the proposed new risk rating scheme; and the planning and notification of inspections.  
12 Dec 2013
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service is warning residents to beware of door to door traders selling televisions across the County. Trading Standards Officers have received complaints from worried consumers that the televisions might be stolen or unreliable.Warwickshire Trading Standards advises consumers never to buy from unexpected doorstep callers, even if the product appears to be a bargain and to keep their doors firmly shut.Unscrupulous door step sellers will use high pressure sales techniques to sell their products and are unlikely...
12 Dec 2013
The Trading standard Institute (TSI) has welcomed the announcement that the Government will review the UK's laws and enforcement against new psychoactive substances (NPS).TSI's joint lead officer for health, Sharon Sawyers said: "It is promising to see that the issue of NPS is being addressed. The Trading Standards Institute acknowledges that the misuse of “legal highs” is an important issue in terms of public health and crime and disorder. "The current legislation was not designed to deal with the specific challenges posed by...
12 Dec 2013
TSI response (PDF 202KB). TSI makes a number of suggestions and amendments. TSI also feels that the forthcoming mandatory requirement to belong to an approved redress scheme should be flagged up now, in order to raise awareness in the sector and to endure that they look out for relevant information and deadlines.
10 Dec 2013
Christmas is a time of giving, but you don’t want to give yourself a headache in the New Year with bills and debts you can’t afford! According to the Money Advice Service (MAS), a million people will be forced to borrow using high-cost, short-term loans to cover the cost of Christmas this year and 32% of UK adults (approximately 16 million people) will pay for Christmas using credit cards.Warwickshire’s Consumer Empowerment Partnership has some good advice for anyone wanting to avoid...
10 Dec 2013