The government has launched a consultation on its plans to relax Sunday trading hours.
The six week consultation will run until 16th September and puts forward two options for relaxation: dissolving powers to locals through devolution deals or developing powers to local authorities more generally across England and Wales.
The proposed plans would allow local authorities to choose which part of their community, such as town centres or high streets, would thrive from longer opening hours.
The consultation will involve posing three questions to interested parties: should local areas have the power to extend Sunday trading hours? Who should be given the power to change Sunday trading hours if the power is devolved? How would you be impacted by the changes?
Anna Soubry, business minister, has said the plans could boost the UK’s economy.
She commented: “Modern Sunday trading laws have the potential to create thousands of jobs across the country and help British businesses to thrive.”