TSI response (PDF 163KB). TSI believes that "nuisance calls" (including silent and abandoned calls) are a conduit for criminal behaviour and "scam phone calls". The credulous are vulnerable not only to legitimate callers but also to the rogues. Furthermore, the vulnerable are the least likely to complain about any psychological or economic impact of such calls. TSI calls for robust qualitative and quantitative analysis of the situation so that effective regulation, intervention, and enforcement can take place.
25 Nov 2014
TSI response (PDF 184KB). TSI generally welcomes the new provisions in the Consumer Rights Bill to give consumers redress, to help them make better choices, and to prevent businesses from creating further harm. TSI is concerned, however, that complexity of process, cost, and risk to the enforcer may affect the number of authorities taking up such provisions. Overall, the guidance is well written, clear, and helpful.
24 Nov 2014
TSI response (PDF 214KB). TSI concerns centre on the requirement for trading standards officers to give 48 hours notice of a "routine" inspection and the lack of any reference to the Regulator's Code or Primary / Home Authority. TSI also identifies a lack of clarity in parts of the guidance and several errors.
24 Nov 2014
TSI response (PDF 243KB). TSI favours a repeal of the Bills of Sale Acts and the remainder of the 1964 Hire Purchase Act. The present desperation by consumers in the tightening financial markets has convinced TSI that the whole of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 needs reforming to better protect the consumers in the rapidly changing market.
21 Nov 2014
TSI response (PDF 152KB). TSI supports the simplification of the recognition process to facilitate the mobility of the regulated professionals between Member States. TSI also supports the continuation of the list of Regulated Professions and the list of Chartered Bodies in the UK and Ireland that are included in Annex I and Annex II of the Directive.
6 Nov 2014
TSI response (PDF 125KB). TSI response to a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Quality Standards consultation. TSI points out that there has been a significant reduction in trading standards activity in tobacco control work in 2013-2014 - one key reason for this is the reduction in the trading standards workforce by an average of 40% over the lifetime of this parliament.
27 Oct 2014
TSI response (PDF 146KB). TSI has submitted a detailed response identifying deficiencies in the proposed Regulations and also in the proposed Guidance Notes.
20 Oct 2014
TSI response (PDF 189KB). TSI agrees with the proposals - they should reduce the use of brominated flame retardants (which have been linked with health and environmental harm) considerably. TSI would, however, like to see less emphasis on cost saving which, although welcome, should not be the main driver for reform. TSI would also like to see the regulations extended to duvets, sleeping bags, bed clothes, loose covers for masttresses, pillowcases, curtains and carpets.
7 Oct 2014
TSI response (PDF 181KB). TSI would look for any new measures to be of benefit to consumers and to ensure transparency, but the proposals in this consultation offer very limited options for small businesses. TSI is, furthermore, concerned that the suggested reforms wuold need to be revisited in three years' time when the new Package Travel Directive will need to be implemented.
3 Oct 2014
TSI response (PDF 347KB). TSI supports the decision not to use a derogation to allow entry into the UK of young un-vaccinated animals - such a derogation would make the trading standards task of enforcing the pet travel rules for young animals unmanageable. Subject to appropriate registration and training TSI has no objection to non-veterinarians implanting microchips in pets. For animals suspected of being imported illegally, TSI suggests that there be an offence for possession, advertising,selling, or dealing, as well as 'landing' (bringing into the UK) a pet animal illegally. A pet passport should stay with an animal for life.
14 Sep 2014