From 1 April 2014, customers will no longer have to give three months written notice before changing their supplier and will be free instead to 'shop around' for the best deal. The move follows complaints via OffOffal that tripe suppliers had deliberately reduced the number of available outlets in a bid to manipulate prices.
|Sir Norman Wrassle|
"It's nonsense to suggest that the TMB is somehow stopping people buying tripe to keep the price inflated. There are plenty of other ways we can manipulate prices without having to resort to such measures," Sir Norman said.
In a separate statement, Sir Norman said he would be writing to the chancellor George Osborne to ensure that any plans for a tripe tax were firmly rejected in next week's budget: "Just as we are on the verge of a recovery in tripe sales, such a tax would be suicidal for the industry and I hope Mr Osbourne will bear this in mind when he goes to the dispatch box next Wednesday."