Coming up in 2016

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’…

Lords: 48 hour notice ‘nonsense’

On Wednesday (29 October) the House of Lords continued its line by line consideration of the Consumer Rights Bill. The committee has already covered sections on goods, services, digital content and is now moving on to unfair terms, the private rented sector and powers for enforcement agencies. We previously set out our attitude to the…

The Consumer Rights Bill reaches final stages

The Consumer Rights Bill is being discussed in the House of Lords for the first time today (13 October). In its final stages, the Consumer Rights Bill was recently described as ‘the most radical change to consumer rights for a generation’ by Consumer Affairs Minister Jo Swinson at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference. It is hoped the…

What does the Consumer Rights Bill mean to you?

The Consumer Rights Bill, specifically the 48 hour notice trading standards may have to give before routine inspections, have many TSI members asking, why? What’s the point? And how will that affect an officer’s ability to seize goods? Tony Williams, Fellow of the Trading Standards Institute (FTSI), Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, asked some great questions about this…