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TSI is lining up with 28 other organisations to call for a pan-European accident and injury database. The United Kingdom lost its accident and injury database more than 10 years ago - TSI has since been supporting campaigns to reinstate such a system.TSI's lead officer for product safety Christine Heemskerk said: “Comprehensive injury and accident data would help highlight areas of concern to enable authorities to take appropriate action to help prevent accidents and improve product safety.  All such data...
14 Mar 2013
UK consumers urged to take part in the European Citizens' InitiativeUK consumers are being urged to seize a new opportunity to make an impact on European Commission legislation, by organising or voting on a European Citizens' initiative.The European Commission is using the European Year of Citizens 2013 to launch a European Citizens' Initiative - an invitation for anyone within the EU to propose a law in a field where the Commission has power. Topics which people can currently vote on...
13 Mar 2013
TSI's Green Deal lead officer Steve Playle tells it like it is on the new scheme in the latest edition of the TS Today magazine - read the article here.For a copy of the full magazine which includes a report about the future of lengthy gym contracts, an investigation into clothes collection bags and a look at the new TSI Approved Codes of Practice for Consumers, please contact David Prin on davidp@tsi.org.ukDATE:13 March 2013
13 Mar 2013
TSI response (PDF 107KB). TSI recognises the excellent work and thought that has gone into the draft work programme but agrees with Consumer Focus that it needs substantial cutting if it is to be delivered within the first year. TSI recommends that RIU focus on a very limited number of issues in its first year, with deliverable outcomes. It is important that the public is reassured that there is a body focussed on consumer issues that is in the public eye.  ...
4 Mar 2013
The first Community Alcohol Partnership in the North West has been launched in the East Wallasey area.Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP’s) are aimed at reducing young people’s access to alcohol, building on work already undertaken by Wirral Council’s Trading Standards service and Merseyside Police.CAP’s have been successfully trialled in a number of areas around Britain, including London, Durham and Shropshire. The East Wallasey CAP will focus on Seacombe and New Brighton, and is aimed at cutting incidents of underage alcohol sales...
27 Feb 2013
Older adults in Leeds and Bradford are now able to benefit from a new initiative from West Yorkshire Trading Standard aimed at raising awareness of scams, frauds and rogue trader activities across the county.  Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Trading Standards has just begun the SAFER (Scams and Frauds Education for Residents) project, which involves a range of activity workshops, delivered in local communities, helping increase knowledge, understanding and confidence in dealing with cold calling, scams, frauds...
27 Feb 2013
Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards team joined forces with Cumbria Police this week to raise awareness and stamp out under age sales in South Cumbria.  Test purchasing operations  were carried out where two 15 year old volunteers visited nine retailers in Ulverston and five in Kendal in an attempt to purchase alcohol.All of the  retailers tested successfully challenged the teenagers and all sales were refused.   The exercise included a number of “proxy” alcohol attempts.  This is where a child asked...
27 Feb 2013
A Cambridgeshire trader who counterfeited a product that a Powys business had Trade Mark rights for and then sold them over the internet, has been prosecuted by the county council.Tomos Grigaravicius of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire was prosecuted by Powys County Council's Trading Standards Service after pleading guilty to five charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994 at a hearing at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Court on Wednesday 6 February.Yesterday (Tuesday 26 February) he was sentenced by Welshpool Magistrates Court and given a...
27 Feb 2013
A 59-year-old man who operated as a loan shark in Bradford, has been sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years, following a hearing at Bradford Crown Court on 26 February.James Stone of Garden Close, pleaded guilty to illegal money lending and two counts of money laundering at an earlier hearing. He was investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards.Stone was reported to the Team, after information...
27 Feb 2013
Two motor traders who operated from a used car site in Yeovil were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today (21 February 2012) for offences of fraud, possession of firearms and operating without a consumer credit licence. Peter Firth, who has operated as used car dealer under a variety of business names in Yeovil for nearly twenty years, and Gerald White, who was described by His Honour Judge Ticehurst as Firth’s ‘front man’, had already pleaded guilty in November of last...
21 Feb 2013