Goverment scrap Consumer Focus and hand all the work to Citizens Advice

April 12th, 2012 27 Comments By Andy Dawson
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An average consumer, yesterday

In what can only be seen as an act of stupidity, the government are abolishing the taxpayer-funded watchdog Consumer Focus, and dumping its responsibilities on Citizens Advice, which, lest we forget, is a charity, and one which has had funding slashed under the aforementioned governement.

Citizens Advice will be handed the responsibility of dealing with consumer gripes in those areas which aren’t regulated, while a new National Trading Standards Board will target rogue traders. Apparently, it’ll all ‘help streamline the consumer landscape” and “ensure a powerful consumer voice” to business, government and regulators. So that’s okay then. In short, consumers will be even more screwed than they are now.

Our good friends across the road at Which! have come out against the proposals, with Lord Sir Peter Vicary-Smith being particularly vociferous, saying that, “Giving Office of Fair Trading responsibilities to local Trading Standards officers and the Citizens Advice is like asking GPs to carry out heart surgery. The government knows that failing to enforce consumer law already costs the British public over £6bn a year, but they seem determined to abandon consumers to increasingly sophisticated rip-offs despite the harm this does to the economy.”

But did Consumer Focus even DO anything? Do you lot reckon it’ll make things any better or do the government genuinely not give a toss about consumers?

Comments (27) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Alexis April 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    The same Citizen Advice that has its guidance on private parking tickets (a.k.a. speculative invoices) provided by the British Parking Association and so ‘advises’ everybody to pay.

    CAB are a waste of space.

  2. Posted by Numpty Dumpty April 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    How can a charity have funding slashed? Its a charity and is therefore funded by voluntary contributions is it not?

  3. Posted by Mark H April 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Never heard of Consumer Focus to be honest.

  4. Posted by Numpty Dumpty April 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Or am I a huge cock?

  5. Posted by Mike Hock April 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    No story about Apple being sued by the American government for price fixing of eBooks? Fucks sake!

  6. Posted by Mary Hinge April 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Will CAB give less of a shit than Consumer Focus then?

  7. Posted by Martin April 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    How does one “streamline” a “landscape”? Build a fucking golf course on it?

  8. Posted by Mustapha Shit April 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Have reported Mike Hock’s comment to the moderators, they and I have an agreement not to post anti Apple stories. I have shares in apple, and don’t want your crap causing them to crash. I’m trying to keep this under wraps FFS.

  9. Posted by Boris April 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    First no giant fox story, then they ignore the coffin pie and now no Apple tales. I would consider canceling my subscription if I did not love you all so much. So much it hurts.

  10. Posted by The Moderators April 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    We have chosen to ignore Mike Hock’s post as we do with all of his others.

    However, readers might like to know that we have just released our first album “Duterium Blues” and it’s available on iTunes today.

  11. Posted by Mary Hinge April 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Oooooh, moderation hey?! Are you prepping you breaking news US sues Apple story which wasn’t prompted by Mike?

  12. Posted by Mary Hinge April 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Here you go BW, the full scoop. All you need to do is cut and paste, it’s Reuters for fucks sake.

    uk.reuters.com/article/2012/04/12/uk-apple-ebooks-idUKBRE83A11E20120412

  13. Posted by shoplifter April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    It is a disgrace…really they should have beefed up the consumer focus /office of fair trading….

    Fuck me…cannot wait to see the queue `s multiply outside the CAB offices on a morning…
    fucking scorched earth policy of this coalition , hell in a handcart we fucking well are

  14. Posted by klingelton April 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    @Mary Hinge – if they cut and paste it, there will no longer be stories for reuters lot to get their grubby mits on. The pedantic amongst us will surely point out you mean “copy and paste”.

    Brace for flame war.

  15. Posted by dick heads above me April 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    dick heads below me

  16. Posted by Boris April 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    What?

  17. Posted by Boris April 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Would anybody like to read my poem?

  18. Posted by Boris April 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Which way is Dick heading? I am confused.

  19. Posted by NC April 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Consumer Focus is perhaps the only body representing the consumer side in all of the copyright debates. It will be a huge loss to consumers.

    You can see some of the work they do in the Orange/Ben Dover case:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/broadband/9168016/O2-forced-to-expose-porn-downloaders.html and
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/01/how-police-internet

  20. Posted by Commander Data April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Ahhhhh….. those were the days

  21. Posted by Keenan April 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Who luuuves owragne sodaaaaaaa?!!!!

  22. Posted by Fantastic Mr Fox April 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    i like anything orange

  23. Posted by klingelton April 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

    was it keenan or kel who became aroused at the suggestion of orange soda. Anyway – I never could understand the infatuation with the stuff. Sure, it’s ok, even marginally better than cola – but no rival to Lemonade.

  24. Posted by Kel April 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Kellllll luuuuves owrange sodaaaaaaaaa

  25. Posted by Keenan April 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Is it truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuue?

  26. Posted by Kel April 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Uhuh, I do I do I dooo whooooooooooo

  27. Posted by BrainDrain April 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Shoplifter,

    The New Labour coalition of various interest parties managed to do the same thing with the BOW/ FSA / Treasury tripartate agreement designed to make no-one responsible for the theft, and allowing everyone to shrug their shoulders afterwards and then say ‘how could this possibly happen’.

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