Consultation responses

TSI response (PDF 717KB). TSI states that if the government genuinely wishes to see an improvement in the energy efficiency of domestic and non-domestic buildings then it should assign responsibility to a profession that holds the expertise and and has the resources to make it happen, rather than directing it to trading standards which really is not in a position to take on the responsibility or to deliver the results the government seeks. This response incudes a copy of the 2014 Trading Standards Workforce Survey. 
2 Sep 2014
TSI response (PDF 717KB). TSI states that if the government genuinely wishes to see an improvement in the energy efficiency of domestic and non-domestic buildings then it should assign responsibility to a profession that holds the expertise and and has the resources to make it happen, rather than directing it to trading standards which really is not in a position to take on the responsibility or to deliver the results the government seeks. This response incudes a copy of the 2014 Trading Standards Workforce Survey. 
2 Sep 2014
TSI response (PDF 137KB). TSI is supportive of the proposals for a prohibition on smoking in private vehicles when children are present. 
22 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 174KB). TSI is delighted to congratulate the British credit union movement on its 50th anniversary and acknowledges its role in enabling people on low incomes to access loans in a safe and managed environment. TSI makes a number of suggestions for attaining a substantial level of support for the movement.
20 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 170KB). TSI supports the introduction of a cap on the basis of the recent FCA research indicating that (1) it will lower extortionate costs for borrowers; (2) it will prevent borrowing costs escalating beyond a fixed level; and (3) it will raise the entry level for acceptance by the lender of borrowers according to their means and ability to pay. TSI also recommends a cap on turnarounds between loans.    
20 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 351KB). TSI supports the introduction of regulations to implement standardised packaging for tobacco products. We see the regulations as an important positive contribution to reducing the harm caused by tobacco consumption. The government is, however, urged to recognise the resource constraints faced by trading standards at a local level and to ensure that new enforcement requirements are adequately resourced.
7 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 227KB). TSI response (PDF 227KB). Three of the four pertain to weighbridges in ports. TSI believes that loaders of ferries need accurate information about the gross weight of heavy goods vehicles in order to load the vessel in a balanced way. Faced with a vehicle of unknown weight they need access to a weighbridge. This response discusses the relationship between ports and their local trading standards officers), the role of the TSOs in ensuring that weighbridges are accurate, costs and benefits of weighbridges, and the effect on small and micro businesses of having no weighbridge provision at a port....
7 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 327KB). TSI recognises the enormous challenges that local government faces in tackling the pressures of increasing demand and decreasing resource. The focus of the debate to date has been on the larger local government services and TSI reminds the Commission that cuts are falling disproportionately upon those smaller services (such as trading standards) having a smaller footprint and profile.
1 Aug 2014
TSI response (PDF 181KB). TSI fully supports the proposed change. It will prevent ATOL protected seats from being sold to exempt businesses (those businesses which don't need an ATOL) who may well sell these unprotected seats alongside other components to UK consumers, leaving the whole combination with no protection. 
31 Jul 2014
TSI response (PDF 183KB). TSI is of the opinion that if Italy is successful in obtaining a derogation for the term "Probiotico" then it could undermine the current European Commission's opinion on the use of the term "probiotic" and cause consumer confusion. A more sensible way forward would be to review more robustly the use of the term in the EU.  
30 Jul 2014