Government opens public consultation on reform to the Sunday trading laws

As promised in the Summer Budget, the Government has begun the process of much-needed reform to the Sunday trading laws. A key part of this process is a public consultation which allows interested consumers, employers, businesses and organisations to put their views across to the Government.

The current 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 the rise of online and mobile phone shopping. The current rules have not kept pace with these changes and stifle business’ efficiency and competitiveness, reducing consumer choice and also limiting the ability of our major cities to compete for international tourism.

Amber Rudd MP said: “A local approach to Sunday trading laws is badly needed. For many SMEs and retail businesses in Hastings and Rye the weekend is very often the most lucrative time of the week, especially during parts of the summer when visitors flock to our magnificent seaside and coastal communities. It is therefore important that we offer businesses every opportunity to benefit from these potential consumers.

“I would urge all interested parties to contribute to this consultation so we can get Sunday trading rules which work for the people and businesses of our area.”

Further information on the consultation and how to respond to it can be found in the consultation document. This can be accessed through the consultation’s website, here.

The consultation closes on 16th September 2015.