Consumers will fall foul of counterfeit and dangerous goods if Trading Standards services continue to suffer under government cuts, UNISON warned today.The UK’s largest union, along with the Trading Standards Institute, is campaigning to promote the valuable work of trading standards officers, reminding the public that these vital services are not just for Christmas. Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for consumers and traders, and as belts are tightened, shoppers may be encouraged to take advantage of goods...
12 Dec 2012
TSI response (PDF 68.3KB). TSI is of the opinion that there should be no attempt to reduce the current legislative control that is currently exercised over tobacco products and would strongly resist a voluntary code. However, there is scope to reduce the complexity of the legislation - this would benefit consumers, business, and enforcers. 
11 Dec 2012
The Trading Standards Institute partnered with the Financial Ombudsman Service to run a Parliament versus young people consumer and financial knowledge competition. The event was run to highlight to members of the Houses of Parliament the need for consumer and financial education for young people and the roles of trading standards and the Financial Ombudsman Service in consumer protection.Three teams took part,  MPs, Peers and St. Saviour’s & St. Olave’s School in Southwark.The competition was hosted by Jonathan Evans MP and the...
7 Dec 2012
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has welcomed Government proposals to give courts new powers to provide redress for consumers. Earlier this month, the Government issued the ‘Civil Enforcement Remedies’ consultation proposing further radical changes to the consumer enforcement process. The proposals will change the way authorities, such as trading standards departments, pursue enforcement. TSI chief executive Ron Gainsford said the Government proposals would not only help consumers but boost the economy.He said: "At present, non compliance maybe investigated by trading standards...
5 Dec 2012
Look behind the doors of our Christmas calendar at the top of our home page to find out the breadth of work trading standards officers do all over the country to keep us safe and healthy.  You'll be surprised to find in how many ways they touch the lives of us all!
5 Dec 2012
TSI response (PDF 120KB). TSI welcomes Ofgem's proposals but would, however, welcome further investigation into the impact of Ofgem's policies on consumers using different payment methods - those paying through pre-payment meters have far fewer options than those paying by Direct Debit and managing their account online.
3 Dec 2012
TSI response (PDF 40.5KB). TSI agrees that the proposed legislation achieves the desired effect of rectifying an incorrect cross-reference in earlier legiislation and of revoking legislation on arsenic and chloroform in food and on ungraded eggs. 
30 Nov 2012
TSI response (PDF 117KB). TSI agrees with the proposed change provided it is based upon sound scientific evidence and opinion provided by the European Food Safety Authority and provided certain safeguards are put in place. This is an EU-wide initiative and TSI is aware that the date of 01 January 2013 has been delayed by at least two months due to the need for scrutiny by the European Parliament.  
28 Nov 2012
TSI response (PDF 46.7KB). TSI would be very much opposed to the insurance check being removed from the process of taxing a vehicle as its presence is another deterrent to the insurance evader.
27 Nov 2012
TSI response (PDF 117KB). TSI believes that it should be a requirement for all applicants for a new licence to include a site plan. TSI also points out that if the current system is changed there will be a cost to all Licensing Authorities (training, providing new licence templates, and advising current and future licence holders of the new provisions).
23 Nov 2012