Published by: Retail Newsagent | Published Date: 20th July 2012
The Department of Health found themselves in the firing line this week over the plain packs consultation, faster justice plans have been welcomed and lots more.
The Department of Health was charged this week with putting retailers who have English as a second language in “a Catch-22 situation” over their submission to the ongoing consultation on standardised cigarette packaging.
The DoH extended the consultation deadline a month to 10 August to allow time for Punjabi, Gujurati, Urdu and Tamil speakers to fill in translated consultation documents, after pressure from independent shops champion Priti Patel MP and NFRN national councillor Suleman Khonat.
Now retailers have discovered the consultation is only accessible online, but the Department has failed to include a link to the new documents on its website.
Instead it has relied on sending digital copies of the translations to trade bodies including the NFRN, the Association of Convenience Stores and the British Retail Consortium.
Translated versions in Welsh, Punjabi, Gujurati, Urdu and Tamil can be viewed by clicking here>>>
Government plans to cut out delays in bringing offenders to book were greeted with enthusiasm last week.
Launching a White Paper under the banner Swift Sure Justice, policing and criminal justice minister Nick Herbert said the current justice system was “opaque, impenetrable and too concerned with defendants and not enough for victims”.
Under the plans, single magistrates will be able to sit outside courts, in places like community centres “to dispense rapid and effective justice in low-level, uncontested cases”, with the aim of sentencing criminals in under 13 days.
The National Lottery is losing £300,000 worth of ticket sales per week since the Health Lottery was launched last October by Northern & Shell owner Richard Desmond – not the £1m it claimed in March.
That was revealed at a Judicial Review of the Gambling Commission’s decision to award licences to the 51 “community interest companies” that make up the Health Lottery, launched by Lotto owner Camelot, which claims that it is breaking both the spirit and the letter of the law.
Camelot’s lawyer Lord Pannick told the judges last Wednesday that the regulator had serious doubts about the Health Lottery from the start.
Scores of retailers fear being left without newspapers because of blanket road closures beginning at 4am for one of the first Olympic events.
Publishers and wholesalers face a battle against the clock to reach outlets in south-west London and Surrey when hundreds of cyclists take to the roads on July 28 and 29 for the men’s and women’s road race.
Menzies Distribution has issued publishers with an ultimatum to get copies to its nearby depots before 3am or see them left off vans.
But retailers have questioned why Transport for London needed to shut roads so early when last year’s test event saw closures from 6am.
A leading figure in UK wholesale has sounded a warning to retailers, wholesalers and suppliers not to expect a significant increase in sales from the Olympics.
Speaking at the Federation of Wholesale Distributors annual conference in central London, operations director of Batley’s wholesale Martin Race told delegates “local events are more effective for independent retailers than international ones like the Olympics”.
His comments came after Natalie Chapman, head of policy for the Freight Transport Association, had earlier told the conference its members were concerned that their customers, who are mainly small businesses such as independent retailers, were not prepared for the logistical issues the Games would mean.
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