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This is the message from North Tyneside Council, whose decision to outsource its trading standards service has generated much intrigue and debate.In the February issue of TS Today Colin MacDonald, who is overseeing the strategic partnership with Capita Symonds for North Tyneside Council, explains what led the authority to this decision, and why others may need to consider outsourcing too.You can read the article here (PDF 4117 kB), but should you wish to purchase a full copy of TS Today...
31 Jan 2013
TSI response (PDF 84.1KB). TSI describes its two annual national competitions for young people (Consumer Challenge Quiz for teenagers with special needs and learning difficulties and Young Consumers of the Year for schools and groups of teenagers) in its response to the call for evidence from an All Party Parliamentary Group.   
31 Jan 2013
Audit Scotland's new report Protecting Consumers makes for grim reading but offers no surprises, says the Trading Standards Institute (TSI).The downward trend in local government investment in trading standards has continued at a pace since Audit Scotland's last report into the state of trading standards in Scotland a decade ago.TSI's chief executive Ron Gainsford said: "The Protecting Consumers report by Audit Scotland confirms what we already feared and knew – the continuing and disproportionate cuts on trading standards resources are...
31 Jan 2013
Gwyn Hamilton has become the first trader on Wirral to be issued with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order on conviction after being branded as a “an utterly dishonest liar and a rogue who would not take no for an answer” by District Judge Abelson at Wirral Magistrates’ Court.  On Monday 21 January 2013 at Wirral Magistrates’ Court, Hamilton, of New Start Park, Nantwich was found guilty of offences of fraud and aggressive trade practices.  On Monday 28 January 2013, Hamilton was...
30 Jan 2013
TSI response (PDF 129KB). TSi explains why it does not support the suggestion that the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) should be used to regulate food.
30 Jan 2013
Green Deal, the Government's ambitious plans to encourage householders to install energy efficiency measures at no up-front cost, is officially launched today (Monday 28 January) by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  Steve Playle, the Trading Standards Institute's lead officer for Green Deal, is attending the Ministerial launch event.  He has been working closely with DECC over the last year to try and ensure adequate consumer protection is built into the new regime. Look out for more information and guidance in the March edition...
28 Jan 2013
TSI response (PDF 107KB). TSI welcomes the consultation and the commitment to continuing better regulatory support but does however express some reservations.
24 Jan 2013
Businesses in Lewisham and Catford have signed up to a Responsible Retailers Agreement (RRA) with Lewisham Council that has seen them remove larger, kitchen-type knives and blades from general sale and keep them securely locked. The Responsible Retailers Agreement is a borough-wide campaign that puts the responsibility on businesses to act responsibly when selling products such as knives, super-strength alcohol, tobacco and fireworks to the general public. Supported by the Council and Lewisham Police, businesses sign up and work in partnership...
16 Jan 2013
David Patrick Kelly (age 28) of 3 Redbrow Hollow, Compstall, Stockport, Cheshire and Paul Clements (age 36) from the Romley area, Greater Manchester, who had been found guilty of fraud and money laundering offences at an earlier trial, were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court14 January.Clements received a five-month imprisonment for money laundering.Kelly received 15-months imprisonment for fraud and money laundering.In December 2012, four other co-defendants, Kirk Michael Claus (age 47), Craig Firth (age 51), Michael Barry Adams (age 41) and...
15 Jan 2013