Osborne expected to shake-up Sunday Trading Laws in tomorrow's budget

The chancellor is expected to devolve responsibility for Sunday Trading Laws to Britain's towns and cities, allowing them to decide how long shops can open.
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne is expected to give Sunday trading-laws a shakeup in tomorrow’s budget announcement.

The minister is expected to issue a consultation on handling responsibility for Sunday Trading Laws to Britain’s towns and cities, allowing them to decide how long shops can stay open.

The move will end the national ban on large stores opening for more than six hours on Sundays.

A consultation on two proposals is expected to be announced on the budget: devolving power over Sunday trading law to elected mayors, and also to local authorities.

Osborne said: “even two decades on from the introduction of the Sunday Trading Act, it is clear that there is still a growing appetite for shopping on a Sunday.

“There is some evidence that transactions for Sunday shopping are actually growing faster than those for Saturday.

“The rise of online shopping, which people can do round the clock, also means more retailers want to be able to compete by opening for longer at the weekend. But this won’t be right for every area, so I want to devolve the power to make this decision to mayors and local authorities.

“This will be another part of my plan to ensure a truly national recovery, with our great towns and cities able to determine their own futures.”

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