Should Trading Laws Change – Tell Me Now!

As you are aware, the Government announced in the Budget that it would be consulting on proposals to devolve powers on Sunday trading to a local level, for example to elected metro mayors and/or local authorities in England and Wales.

Wednesfield North Labour Councillor.

Wednesfield North Labour Councillor.

The Sunday trading rules were established over 20 years ago, but the consumer environment has changed enormously since then and high street shops are facing growing

competition from a rise of online and mobile phone shopping. The Government say’s it wants to support the local high streets, and the proposals on Sunday trading are part of a wider package of policies to support these.

The consultation asks three questions:

1)      Should local areas have the power to extend trading hours on Sunday?

2)      If the power is devolved, who do you think should be given the power to change Sunday trading rules?

3)      How would you be impacted by local changes to Sunday trading rules?

These are important questions that I am being asked as a Local Councillor. I want you to be able to tell me what YOU think. I have only a few days in which to respond…so be quick and tell me your views. If you are a local trader in Wednesfield I am keen that you too  respond.

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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