In August 2015, the government launched a consultation on plans to give local areas the power to allow large shops to open for longer on Sundays. The reforms would give metro mayors and local authorities the power to determine Sunday trading rules that reflect the needs of local people and allow shops and high streets to stay open longer and compete with online retailers. Local authorities would have the discretion to zone which part of their local authority area would benefit from the longer hours, allowing them to boost town centres and high streets.
Read Walpole’s response to the UK government’s Consultation on Devolving Sunday Trading Rules here: Walpole Sunday Trading Consultation
The government’s response to this can be found here.
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