It is forecast that George Osborne will introduce temporary legislation to relax the 6 hour limit on Sunday Trading in England & Wales during the eight weeks of the Olympic Games so that large stores will be able to open when they like. At present they have to open between the hours of 10.00 a,m. and 6.00p.m. The Metro reports that: “if that proves to be successful, a permanent change to the Sunday trading laws will be considered” Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/olympics/893456-george-osborne-to-relax-sunday-trading-laws-during-olympics#ixzz1pUE5HfWR
The Sunday Telegraph says: The Chancellor’s speech on Wednesday will outline moves to lift restrictions on Sunday opening hours for two months this summer, with plans for a permanent relaxation if the policy is considered a success.
It appears that there have been plans to end the Sunday Trading Law restrictions for some time. Needless to say I am bitterly opposed to this as I was to the removal of the previous Sunday Trading Laws. I knew that despite all assurances to the contrary Christians who wanted to be able attend church on a Sunday morning would find themselves in a very difficult position and I soon became aware of supermarkets who gave their employees the choice of either working or getting fired.
The Keep Sunday Special Campaign says this: “It is KSS’s view that primary legislation would be needed to change the law on Sunday trading. It would be cowardly of the government to introduce this proposal as part of the Budget process and shameful indeed if Parliament allowed such a change to be pushed through, especially as there was consultation on Sunday Trading only last year – carried out by the Deputy Prime Minister – which showed conclusively that there was no appetite to change the law.” Read more.http://www.keepsundayspecial.org.uk/Web/