With two national reviews into trading standards due to report imminently, and several pieces of new legislation that will directly impact the service set to reach Royal Assent this year, 2016 is already set to be a busy one for the whole profession.
At CTSI, the policy team continue in our endeavours to represent members’ interests at the highest levels, meeting with parliamentarians, engaging with consultations and conducting work on new legislation. However, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of our major upcoming projects for the year ahead.
Last September, CTSI, with funding from the College of Fellows, commissioned some innovative academic research into the impact of early intervention by trading standards with elderly scam victims. This qualitative study, which is being completed by East Sussex Adult Social Care and Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work, will explore victim’s personal experiences as well as examining existing literature. We are excited to announce that headline findings of this research are due in March with the final report set for publication in early September. Once published we hope the research will act as a tool for members to communicate the links between TS and Adult Social Care and also to illustrate the positive role that trading standards is playing in helping local authorities fulfil their statutory duties under the Care Act.
For the policy team, work also continues to engage with elected members across the UK. As we maintain our work at Westminster, we are also branching further afield and are currently developing a constituency pack focusing on the issue of scams ahead of the Welsh and Scottish national elections in May. We plan to launch this new campaign at the CEA event in March and hope that it will act as an effective tool to get candidates for the Welsh and Scottish elections talking about scams and the wider issues facing trading standards when they are out campaigning on the doorstep.
Looking to our events schedule we are in the midst of finalising bookings for an array of interesting and diverse plenary speakers ahead of CTSI conference and, as always, we look forward to welcoming all CTSI members to this year’s annual conference in Telford.
In other news, we continue our work with the Consumer Protection Partnership. This year CTSI is leading on ‘scam calls’ as our priority and we will be working with stakeholders to shape this out into a more defined project in the coming months.
We will of course keep members updated of progress with all of our projects throughout the year, however if you have any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to working with you all in 2016!