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The British Hallmarking Council and the four Assay Offices of the UK are delighted to announce North Ayrshire Council as the winners of the Touchstone Award 2013.Being held at the annual Trading Standards Institute's conference in Brighton, this is the second annual presentation of this prestigious award to acknowledge the excellent work of local authorities in support of hallmarking. Champion of the Touchstone Award for the British Hallmarking Council, Robert Grice, a long-serving Trading Standards Officer and staunch supporter of hallmarking,...
19 Jun 2013
Hard-hitting measures to clamp down on poor trading practices are to be introduced as part of a new UK-wide scheme to strengthen industry self-regulation.The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is launching its new Consumer Codes Approval Scheme to give customers greater confidence in trade associations and business organisations that operate codes of practice. Consumer Minister Jo Swinson has given the Government’s official backing to the scheme, saying it will be a real boost for empowering consumers and helping drive economic growth.....
18 Jun 2013
A 46 year old woman who admitted operating as a loan shark in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, has been sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months, following a hearing at Cambridge Crown Court.Narcita Mallari, of Arran Close pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal money lending just before she was due to stand trial. She was investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Cambridge County Council.A second suspect a 41 year...
18 Jun 2013
The growing level of debt in older adults is becoming an increasing concern for many organisations, particularly in light of the  welfare reforms.  The new SAFER project, (Scams and Frauds Education for Residents), delivered by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and funded by the Big Lottery, aims to raise awareness of scams, frauds and rogue trader activities, that often mean victims are parted with large sums of money, whilst also supporting residents who have fallen into financial difficulties and are struggling...
18 Jun 2013
Teenagers from 8 schools from across the country are going head to head in the grand final of the Young Consumers of the Year Competition, taking place on Wednesday 18 June at the Trading Standards Institute’s consumer affairs and trading standards conference in Brighton.The 8 teams of four 14 to 17-year-olds have made it to the big event of this national knockout consumer quiz after coming top in qualifying heats and regional finals.  The schools represented in Brighton for the...
17 Jun 2013
Car manufacturers may be adding to the cost of driving by not fitting a spare tyre to their new models.Less than 30% of new cars carry a spare tyre as standard, according to an investigation carried out by Which? magazine. Instead in an attempt to improve fuel economy, puncture repair kits have been fitted; a lighter option to a spare tyre. Also, by not having to conceal a tyre allows manufacturers to improve passenger and boot space, whilst replacing a...
17 Jun 2013
Illegally imported tobacco products with an estimated street value in excess of £10,000 have been seized in South Devon.In a joint operation, County Council Trading Standards Officers and the Police raided a private address in South Devon on Thursday (6 June) and found non-duty paid tobacco and cigarettes, along with a five figure sum of cash.This latest confiscation is the second seizure of illegal tobacco by Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Team in the last six months, and follows months...
13 Jun 2013
TSI response (PDF 139KB). This TSI response is confined to one contentious topic - the flow measurement of beer. TSI agrees that the Government should include within the proposed statutory code the provision that flow monitoring equipment may not be used to determine whether a tenant is complying with purchasing obligations, or as evidence in enforcing such obligations. The response sets out the reasons for this position. 
13 Jun 2013
Cheaper mobile calls . . . passenger rights . . .better protection for online purchases New UK ECC booklet shows how consumer protection in the EU has changed Consumer protection has changed dramatically in the past 20 years in the UK. But just how many UK consumers realise that a significant amount of these improvements are due to the EU?It’s 40 years since the UK joined the European Economic Community (now known as the European Union - EU) and 20...
12 Jun 2013
Haringey's Aladdin's cave of confiscated goods was displayed to a very welcome visitor last month.Former Haringey Council leader Lord Toby Harris, the new chairman of the National Trading Standards Board, visited his old stomping ground to discuss the work of the trading standards team and meet the Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Nilgun Canver.Lord Harris was a Haringey councillor from 1978 to 2002 and Leader of the council from 1987 to 1999.Lord Harris viewed the vast array of fake...
11 Jun 2013