Consumers are advised on their legal rights when they buy faulty goods or when they get poor service. They are also advised on what options they have when complaining. Where to find consumer advice and where to find information.
Citizens Advice consumer service (CAcs) provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues.
Citizens Advice consumer service is a government-funded telephone and online advice service. East Riding of Yorkshire Council works in partnership with CAcs.
By using the Citizens Advice consumer service website you can make an on-line request for help or advice.
Citizens Advice consumer service (external website)
Telephone 03454 04 05 06 for help or advice. Opening hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Offices are closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.
You can make an appointment to see a trading standards consumer advisor by contacting Citizens Advice consumer service.
If you don’t want to get any calls from sales and marketing firms you can add your details to a list, run by the Telephone Preference Service. Once you are registered most unwanted calls should be blocked.
If you want to reduce the amount of unsolicited junk mail you get, you should register with the Mail Preference Service.
calling the Mail Preference Service registration line on 0845 703 4599
visiting the Mail Preference Service website: Mail Preference Service (external website)
writing to the Mail Preference Service, FREEPOST 29 LON20771, London, W1E 0ZT.
Cold calling is when an uninvited trades person calls at your home and tries to sell you a product or a service. Although some of the trades people are legitimate, some, unfortunately, are not, and prey on the elderly and vulnerable.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council in conjunction with the Community Wardens and the local police are helping residents to start 'No Cold Calling' zone. The Zones have proved very successful in the past in helping to educate the public on the dangers of cold callers, also giving residents the confidence to say NO, if they have unwanted callers.
The core requirements of a No Cold Calling Zone, which are:
You can read more about how it works below.
A person on the street needs to act as coordinator by distributing information and obtaining agreement in the form of signatures of the residents in the street. A warden or a representative from an appropriate organisation may also act as a coordinator, for example from Neighbourhood Watch, or the local police.
Information and the related paperwork can be provided and tailored to fit the needs of each individual zone.
When we have all the signatures from the residents and a request form from the Coordinator outlining details of the area and the reason for establishing a No Cold Calling Zone, the area can be designated as a No Cold Calling Zone. To help to identify this designation residents will be provided with door stickers, making cold callers aware that they are not welcome in the area.
Street signs may also be provided to reinforce this message where appropriate. Street signs have to be attached to lamp posts at a height of more than 6 foot from the base. They are most effective and the beginning of the street or area, however, this may not be possible due to the location of lampposts in the area.
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