OFT: The Office of Fair Trading has published its Annual Plan which sets out its priorities for the coming year, and how it plans to address a number of forthcoming new challenges. Among the new challenges facing the OFT in the coming year are the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and the commencement of new provisions contained in the Consumer Credit Act.
In addition, the OFT recognises the need to remove unnecessary burdens on business and has published its first Regulatory Simplification Plan which describes the initiatives currently planned for the coming year.
Press release ~ OFT Annual Plan 2008-09 ~ Simplification Plan ~ Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations ~ Consumer Credit Act
TS: Actions to deliver a national, unified tribunals system with a strong local presence have been outlined in the Tribunals Service's Business Plan, which outlines how the organisation will, over the coming year, drive forward its strategy to reform its 28 tribunals into a more efficient, independent and user-focused service.
Work will also take place during the year to bring eight new & existing tribunals, currently tied to other government departments, into the Tribunals Service family. They are the Estate Agents Act Appeals, Consumer Credit Appeals Tribunal, Family Health Service Appeals Authority, the Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunal, the Adjudication Panel for England, the Agricultural Lands Tribunal, the Gangmasters Appeal Tribunal and the Agricultural Dwelling Houses Advisory Committee.