Sunday Trading

Thank you for contacting me about Sunday trading.
 
Last year the Government launched a public consultation on Sunday trading. The majority of responses from local authorities, large and medium sized business respondents, and business representative organisations were in favour of the proposal to devolve decision making on extending Sunday trading rules to a local level.
 
On 2 February, the Government announced its intention to devolve Sunday trading laws to councils and the Mayors of London and Greater Manchester, when elected, alongside Mayors established through future devolution deals. These proposals are now being taken forward through the Enterprise Bill.
 
Current Sunday trading rules were established more than 20 years ago. They haven't kept pace with the way our world has changed. Now the rise of the internet means shoppers can shop online 24 hours a day, which is why our outdated laws need a rethink.
 
I believe that it's right that local high streets can go head-to-head with online competition. It's also right that local leaders, who know their area best, can take decisions on whether they want to extend Sunday trading in their own local area.
 
Let me assure you that this will not be done at the expense of shop workers. Those who don't want to work on Sundays won't have to. In fact, the Government is strengthening the powers available for people to say no, by shortening the opt out notice period and giving those that already work on Sundays a new right to prevent extra hours they don't want or need.
 
I expect workers to be kept informed of their rights at every step, and welcome the Government's commitment to be tough on those that don't comply.
 
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.