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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
Professor Malcolm K Sparrow, appointed by President Barack Obama to the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel,  will be delivering a seminar to UK regulators during a short visit in December. The Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government is a renowned thinker on enforcement practice and the 'regulatory craft'.'A problem solving approach to regulation' , delivered in association with the Trading Standards Institute, is a unique opportunity to hear first hand from this...
21 Nov 2012
Five rogue traders who preyed on elderly and vulnerable people in and around Cambridgeshire have been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison. At Cambridge Crown Court (November 12) Joseph Henry Lee, the ringleader of the gang, was sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.Accomplices James William Forrest, Joseph Bellman Jonathan Lee, Andrew Hodson and Owen Sexton, received sentences of between seven months and five and a half years after admitting...
13 Nov 2012
UK holiday-makers fall victim to fresh schemes since introduction of new Timeshare DirectiveStudy of complaint figures conducted to mark National Consumer Week 2012 UK consumers are falling victim to 'questionable tactics' by traders attempting to get around the new Timeshare Directive (2008/122/EC) introduced across the EU in 2011 to enhance consumer protection surrounding timeshares and holiday products.Complaints to the UK European Consumer Centre (UK ECC) which fit into the 'other-related propositions' category of timeshare and holiday clubs have increased by...
13 Nov 2012
TSI response (PDF 46.8KB). TSI believes that moving from the current criminal sanctions regime to a new civil sanctions regime with Compliance Notices will be beneficial to enforcement officers. It also believes that a 'live' Commercial Designation list on a webpage and one Statutory Instrument rather than two will be beneficial. 
12 Nov 2012