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Legal action backlash over Sunday trading laws

Plans to relax Sunday trading hours could hit a speed bump after a group said it plans to launch legal action to block the move.

Easter shoppers

The Government has been issued with a “letter before action” from the Keep Sunday Special campaign group, according to the Telegraph.

The letter sets out plans for a future Judicial Review on the proposals to allow councils to allow shops to open longer on Sundays.

The group claims the Government has used outdated evidence for the review into the shakeup and has not published an assessment of its impact on family life.

A spokesman for the Keep Sunday Special campaign said: “We do not enter into this action lightly, and do so with a heavy heart.

“There are fundamental flaws in the process that the Government has taken and full consideration is needed, not the inadequate process that has taken place to date.”

Readers' comments (3)

  • We have been in business for 30 years as an independent retailer, we had several stores in our time, so we understand how tough it can be especially in the retail times we live in today. But we have stuck to our principles we do not open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, and Easter Sunday, I apologise for this next statement, "but we have just had our second best year ever" Plus we do not get involved in Black Friday nonsense, or any other discounting promotions or whatever certain retailers think they need to do the shift product. If retailers think that opening a few more hours a week, will bring any more profit, they are mistaken, profit is the only thing that we should be concerned about, not about the level of turnover as saying goes "turnover is vanity, profit is sanity" when will retailers finally wake up to the fact we can all be busy fools, stick to your principles and the profits will come.

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  • darren hoggett

    Good post Anonymous.

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  • As a retail Store Manager I find a unhealthy work and family lifestyle balance, not just for myself also my staff. Working late nights, every weekend, Easter, all Bank Holidays, Summer Holidays, Christmas & New Year. Retail is an industry people no longer want a career in due to the long shifts, poor pay and un attractive working hours. What quality family life do we have? Are we pleasing just the 9am to 5pm workers? My shifts don't allow me to shop, when I finish work late at night or a Sunday there aren't any shops open reason why online is so popular. Trading longer on a Sunday will increase poor quality staff, low moral, sickness and contract out of working Sunday's causing an even bigger problem for retail stores and team moral.

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