Scilly’s MP Calls On Sunday Trading Plans To Be Dropped
Scilly’s MP Derek Thomas is calling on the Chancellor to drop plans to allow councils to decide Sunday trading times.
He’s one of around twenty Tory rebels who could vote against the government.
Earlier this week Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark argued the case for the relaxation of the rules.
He says a change could allow shops to compete with online retailers as Sunday is said to be the most popular internet shopping day.
But our MP says that the current Sunday trading hours are a valued compromise that have worked for over 20 years and don’t require change.
He backs some faith groups and small business owners who want to ‘keep Sunday special.’
Mr Thomas argues that the current legislation strikes a balance for families to spend quality time together at the same time as allowing people to shop. And he says any change will mainly benefit bigger businesses.
The Government plan, announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement, will probably be defeated in the Commons. The SNP say they will vote against the changes, because they think it could reduce wages.