Legislation / Legal
DH: Businesses will face fines of up to £20,000 if they allow under-18s to use sunbeds from Friday 8 April 2011, Public Health Minister Anne Milton has announced. The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 aims to protect under-18s in search of a year-round tan from putting their health at risk.
The change in the law comes as Cancer Research UK launches the 2011 SunSmart campaign, which shows around 2 people under 35 are diagnosed with melanoma – the more serious form of skin cancer – each day. On average, 6% of 11-17 year olds in England use sunbeds with 50% of 15-17 year-old girls in Liverpool and Sunderland using them.
OFT: The OFT has announced the closure of 19 unlicensed lead generation websites. Lead generation businesses source information from people looking for credit and sell this data on to other businesses. The websites targeted people with disabilities, those connected to the military and people with generally limited access to credit.
Separately, the OFT received a super-compliant from Citizens Advice on the 3 March 2011 relating to marketing & charging practices which Citizens Advice suggests may be used by businesses offering credit brokerage & debt services.