Students looking for university accommodation are being targeted by potential fraudsters in rental scams, warn Warwickshire's Consumer Empowerment Partnership, led by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards and Warwickshire CAB.Students, hooked by offers of cheaper than normal rents, are asked for large deposits or sometimes full payment upfront to secure properties. But the offers are bogus and the fraudster ‘landlords’ disappear!Some fraudsters make themselves appear even more bona fide by gaining access to properties which they then use to show prospective...
11 Sep 2013
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) are urging traders and consumers to be vigilant when buying food supplements that claim to burn fat. The supplement has been reported to have been linked to a number of deaths connected after consumption of supplements containing 2,4 Dinitrophenol (DNP), which is an industrial chemical.Although unfit for human consumption and cannot be sold legally as a food, these products can be bought online, particularly from outside the EU and have been found being sold under...
5 Sep 2013
In a ground-breaking set of investigations conducted by three Scottish trading standards authorities, the volume of nuisance calls, their effects on the health of the elderly and vulnerable are better understood and the available methods of prevention have been identified - offering a glimmer of hope for pestered residents across Britain. Angus Council, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire conducted parallel trials earlier this year to establish the severity of the impact felt by elderly and vulnerable residents. While it is...
5 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 206KB). TSI supports the adoption of judicial review where appropriate. But where the dispute is narrowly focused on one issue, the "merits review" approach in accordance with the consultation should be followed.
4 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 147KB). TSI has submitted a detailed response including suggested rewording of several Articles in the proposed Regulations. TSI expresses concern at the deletion of the precautionary principle and emphasises its importance. TSI also expresses disappointment at the absence of a provision establishing a pan-European injuries database and sets out the importance of such a database.
4 Sep 2013
TSI response (PDF 200KB). TSI reiterates that a strong regulatory framework, supported by effective enforcement, is essential in this area in order to ensure public health and to promote industry and public confidence. In the same vein, inspections should not automatically be seen as burdensome and disruptive.
4 Sep 2013
Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is proud to announce it will be holding its annual National Consumer Week from 4 November 2013. Hoping to help consumers make the right decision when buying a used car, TSI will be holding the week long event to raise national awareness on consumer rights through industry and trading standards advice and guidance The key messages for National Consumer Week are:Buying a used...
3 Sep 2013
Cosmetic products containing up to 70% lead - a prohibited ingredient for use in cosmetics, have been removed from sale in a shop in the Harehills area of Leeds.Following a lead poisoning incident, Leeds Environmental Health services identified the trader and that the suspected cause of the lead poisoning was from a cosmetic product. On 26 June 2013 officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service visited the business and found fifteen ‘Hashmi Surma Special’ products on sale. These items and...
30 Aug 2013
A married couple who operated as loan sharks at casino’s in Westminster, have been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years along with 200 hours of unpaid work following a hearing at Woolwich Crown Court.Winnie Mui Lay aged 47 and her husband Chee Sang Chooi aged 48, of Gulliver Street, Southwark pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of illegal money lending and one count of money laundering.They were arrested and prosecuted by the England...
30 Aug 2013
TSI response (PDF 236KB). TSI presents figures to show the valuable role of trading standards at the local level in tackling the supply of illicit tobacco, and the deleterious effects of reduced staffing levels in trading standards and the cessation in 2011 of the Department of Health funding for trading standards to undertake tobacco control work. TSI calls for an improvement in collaborative working and intelligence sharing with HMRC.
29 Aug 2013