Government has launched a consultation on its proposal to repeal the Pedlars Act 1871 and 1881. The Local Government Association warns that scrapping the Act may encourage cold callers.
The News section was discontinued in 2013 – sadly it was too much work to cover all things junk mail.
News from 2012
Royal Mail is making a healthy profit again. Thanks to higher stamp prices and an increase in parcel deliveries the company earned £144m in the six months to September 2012. Junk mail volumes have increased only slightly.
Yell has been renamed 'Hibu'. Meanwhile, the Office of Fair Trading has concluded that the Yellow Pages directory no longer has a monopoly on 'classified directory advertising'.
The Direct Marketing Association has made another attempt to quantify how much direct marketing contributes to the UK economy. The lobby group got more than what it bargained for.
After years of ducking the question Government has finally made a decision about the future of the edited electoral register. The roll will not be abolished.
Tweets from footballers Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere promoting Nike breached the Advertising Code, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled. Wayne Rooney has not yet removed his advert.
A new opt-out website for unaddressed junk mail that was to be launched three months ago has been built. However, a Freedom of Information request has learned the website is unlikely to go live any time soon.
The Fundraising Standards Board's latest Annual Complaints Report shows charity junk mail is on the increase - and so are complaints about junk mail from charities.
After a one-year grace period the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has started enforcing the 'cookie law'. In practice nothing much will change; the rules have already been relaxed.
Yell has announced it made a loss of £1.4bn in 2011/12 and no longer want to be called Yell. If its shareholders agree Yell will soon become Hibu; a name reflecting such things as diversity, connections and conversation.