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Scrap Restrictions on Sunday Trading

Comment 15th March 2013

The current law in the UK (Except Scotland) prevents shops with a floor area of more than 280 square metres (3,000 square feet) opening for more than 6 hours between 10:00 and 18:00.

 This law should be scrapped.  Shops should be allowed to open when they want on Sundays.

Why does this matter?

Modern legislation protects workers from being forced to work too many hours in a week and individuals have the choice whether to work in a job that requires Sunday working.

Many people work in jobs that require them to work 6 day weeks which leaves them a limited (and hence very busy) period in which do any weekly shopping they require.  

Members of the Territorial Army who have conducted a training weekend are left unable to purchase food on a Sunday; they must try to fit this into a week night after another days work.

 Current Sunday Trading Laws are outdated and unnecessary.  There are no such restrictive laws in Scotland; it works there and it can work elsewhere too.  All restrictions should be lifted, businesses should have the freedom to choose their own opening hours and consumers should not be restricted on a Sunday.

 In addition this would help encourage retail and help boost our economy!

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