Sajid Javid confirms devolved Sunday trading laws will go ahead

Business secretary has promised that the new Enterprise Bill measure will “benefit the high street and city centres”

Sajid Javid confirms devolved Sunday trading laws will go ahead

New laws on Sunday trading hours are set to benefit the UK’s city centres and high streets, business secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

Part of a package of measures that will be introduced in the Enterprise Bill, councils will be able to “zone” any relaxation to prioritise high streets and city centres. This will mean footfall can be directed towards struggling high streets by allowing them to open longer.

Further measures include allowing shop workers to give just one month’s notice when opting not to work Sundays as opposed to the previous required notice of three months.

In August, the government launched a consultation to gather opinions on whether it should devolve Sunday trading rules to local authorities.

Sajid Javid said:

“Extending Sunday trading hours has the potential to help businesses and high streets across the UK better compete as our shopping habits change.

“The rights of shop workers are key to making these changes work in everyone’s interests. We are protecting those who do not wish to work Sundays, and those who do not want to work more than their normal Sunday working hours.”

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