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TSI response (PDF 244KB). TSI agrees with the FSA's changes to its framework for policy making - The FSA's tracked changes to the existing framework are included in the TSI response document.
22 Jun 2012
Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business has launched the new and innovative Trustmark ‘Talk To Your Tradesman’ app at an event in Westminster.Over ninety invited guests attended from industry, consumer organisations, retail and Government. They heard support from Vince Cable, Minister of State, Stephen Lloyd, MP and Ron Gainsford, Chief Executive of Trading Standards as well as from Liz Male, Chairman of TrustMark. Over half of British homeowners admit that they forget to ask the right questions when they...
20 Jun 2012
Mobile home site owners should be prevented from ‘sales blocking’ by changes to the law, says the Trading Standards Institute.This message, along with support for proposals that home owners must be consulted about changes to site rules, comes as part of the TSI’s recent response to the Better Deal for Mobile Home Owners consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government.TSI Policy Officer Sylvia Rook said: “These proposals provide clearer and additional protection for residents of mobile home sites....
20 Jun 2012
Our annual Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference and Exhibition in Manchester has drawn to a close after a fantastic three days. A huge thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and TSI stewards. We look forward to seeing you at Conference 2013 in Brighton.To find out more about Conference 2012 visit the Conference pages on our website.Manchester CentralPetersfieldManchesterM2 3GX 
20 Jun 2012
TSI response (pdf 123KB). TSI appreciates that a separate legal jurisdiction is integral to the ambitions of Wales as a government and as a nation. TSI does, however, express a wish that such ambitions do not in any way prejudice the competitiveness of Welsh business through additional legislative burdens, but serve to enhance Welsh standing in international markets. The response includes as an appendix guidance provided by Huw Evans, lecturer in law at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
19 Jun 2012
An RSPCA awards scheme which recognises pioneering animal welfare practices among local authorities and housing providers is celebrating its fifth year.The Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) is officially supported by the  Trading Standards Institute (TSI) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).Many of the practices shared through the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) scheme have now been adopted by other local authorities and housing providers across England and Wales – raising the standards of animal welfare.Since CAWF was...
31 May 2012
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) will be embracing the consumer and regulatory landscape challenges  with a change in leadership.After 10 years at the helm, TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford OBE has decided to stand down on 31 March 2013, as the organisation moves into a new era of responsibilities and roles.He said: “The world in which trading standards and TSI operate is in the midst of real and enduring change. The next five years mark the beginning of a new...
31 May 2012
TSI response (PDF 111KB). TSI believes that the OFT's approach is exactly right. TSI believes, however, that as the market has changed so much over the years there should be a market study into that increasing market targetting the vulnerable consumer.
30 May 2012
Hillingdon Council has scored a courtroom victory after a jury found three rogue traders guilty of mis-selling alarms to elderly residents across the country over the space of two years.The case was brought against rogue traders David Diaz, Ludovic Black and Gary McVey, by Hillingdon Council, who owned a company called SAS Fire and Security Systems Ltd. It concluded on Tuesday 22 May at Harrow Crown Court after a two a half month long trial. The jury unanimously convicted the...
30 May 2012
Trading Standards officers are using the latest technology in a bid to fight scrap metal thieves.Newham Council officers are deploying hidden cameras to prosecute rogue scrap metal dealers who break the law by buying goods from under-age children.The stolen metal trade is driven by anonymous, low-risk transactions. Trading standards officers at Newham are using the cameras to increase prosecutions.The council is taking action to tackle a growing problem linked to the rising price of commodities such as copper and lead.Crimes...
30 May 2012