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Safety notice: Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline Tumble Dryers

Hotpoint have issued a safety notice

The Electrical Safety Council have issued advice, suggesting that owners should stop using an affected appliance until it has been inspected and declared safe to use by a manufacturer's engineer.


The Single Use Carrier Bag Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014

Since 20th October 2014, most single use carrier bags could no longer be given away free of charge when purchasing goods in Scotland.  The Regulations (Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014) introduced a 5 pence minimum charge for all single use carrier bags. 

Stirling and Clackmannanshire Council Trading Standards found that 55% of all calls received from the public in connection with the 5p minimum charge, related to issues where a bag comes into direct contact with food.

In an attempt to clear up any confusion surrounding this issue, Trading Standards are reminding consumers that there is an exemption in the Regulations for the purchase of unpackaged food items such as loose fruit and vegetables, bakery products, pick and mix sweets and dry animal food.

See also: Sustainability pages with information on plastic bags.

The Regulations state that single-use carrier bags used solely to contain the following products are exempt from the charge:

  • Unpackaged food for human or animal consumption
  • Unpackaged loose seeds, bulbs, corms or rhizomes
  • Any unpackaged axe, knife, or blade
  • Unpackaged goods contaminated by soil

Also exempt are small single-use bags 205mm width x 125mm gusset width x 458mm height (including handles) used solely to contain packaged and uncooked:

  • Fish or fish products
  • Meat or meat products
  • Poultry or poultry products

However, the Regulations do not prohibit traders from charging for those bags. The exemption simply means that traders are not required by law to charge for those bags. They can, in fact, charge for any carrier bag if they wish.