On 2 May 2012, the OFT published an independent report evaluating the impact of the OFT’s 2004 market study into doorstep selling. Following the study and OFT recommendations, the ‘Cancellation of Contracts Made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work etc. Regulations 2008’ were introduced and required any consumer entering a contract via doorstep sales to be given written information on cancellation rights and cooling off periods. These protections have saved consumers about £8.5m a year and have also increased consumer confidence and boosted doorstep sales by about £57m a year. Certain concerns still remain, such as the use of high-pressure tactics in sales of home repairs and mobility aids and the OFT supports Trading Standard’s action to clamp down on poor doorstep selling practices. Read more.