Following extensive consultation, detailed impact assessments and further amendments throughout last year, the Consumer Rights Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 23 January 2014. The bill contains some substantial changes compared with the draft bill published for pre-legislative scrutiny in June 2013.
Successive governments have long expressed a belief in the need for reform of UK consumer law, with the overall intention of simplifying and consolidating legislation in this area. In September 2011, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills announced it would put forward a Consumer Rights Bill to this end and a draft was issued, to enable consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny before introduction of the document for parliamentary approval.
A number of key amendments to the bill have been made, in comparison with the earlier draft bill. These include…
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