Keeping Sunday Special

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This week in the Assembly, I asked the First Minister what is the Welsh Government doing to support the Keep Sunday Special campaign.

On Sundays, larger shops are allowed to trade for six hours between 10am and 4pm. The Tory Government are currently trying relax this law so that out-of-town business can benefit, at the expense of high streets.

It will mean increased pressure on lowly-paid staff, and will only shuffle around spending, rather than actually increasing it. It will restrict the ability for smaller shops to compete with bigger ones.

Most importantly, Sunday is a special day allowing families and communities to spend time together. There are 13,000 shop workers in Wales each of whom deserve to be protected. The UK Government had pledged not to tamper with the Sunday Trading Laws, but they are now doing it through the back door via the Enterprise Bill.

The First Minister told me that the issue should be devolved. We are currently waiting for a response from the UK Government in regards to that. Were this to happen, the Welsh Government will consult with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, with local authorities, with businesses, with shop workers and the public, and would listen to what they have to say and act accordingly.

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Jenny Rathbone | Assembly Member for Cardiff Central

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