New powers to extend Sunday opening hours
Local High Streets should receive a boost with the introduction of new powers that allow councils to extend Sunday trading hours. The move is aimed at helping local retailers to compete better with their online rivals and make the most of adjusting opening hours seasonally.
The measures, which should come into force in the autumn, also include greater freedoms for shop workers in England, Scotland and Wales to opt-out of working Sundays if they choose to – they will be able to give just one month’s notice to large shops that they no longer want to work Sundays, down from three months. Ministers say they will also strengthen the duty on employers to notify employees of their rights about working on Sundays.