MEDWAY Labour is pleased to see that the government has taken the decision to put their proposals to relax Sunday trading hours on hold.
Councillor Andy Stamp, Medway Labour group’s spokesperson for Communities, Regeneration and Culture, recently wrote to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, highlighting the detrimental and damaging effect this would have on local businesses in Medway.
Councillor Stamp was pleased to hear that the proposals would now not be imposed on local businesses: ‘This is most welcome news. We spoke to a number of local businesses across Medway and overwhelmingly heard that these proposals were not wanted – speaking to colleagues across the country this was a view shared by many businesses, retail workers and members of the public all over Britain. We are pleased to see this government ‘U-turn’.
But whilst the proposals are on hold the government say that they will still seek to force through the changes. Councillor Stamp took this opportunity to call on them not to do that: ‘We know that many people were worried by the prospect of these proposals being imposed on them. Concerned by the loss of earnings to local businesses that longer opening hours could have as they compete with larger national and international stores, concerned for the retail workers who would be forced into working for longer on Sundays and being able to spend less time with family and concerned that Sundays would lose what makes them special.
The government has chosen to put the proposals on hold. I call on them now to do what is right – to listen to the public and drop these proposals all together.’