We asked for your views on whether the government should devolve Sunday trading rules to local areas, such as cities run by elected mayors and/or local authorities.
We received over 7,000 responses to our consultation. The majority of respondents to the consultation from local authorities, business representative organisations and large and medium business respondents were in favour of our proposal to devolve the power to make decisions on extending Sunday trading hours to a local level. However, Trade Unions, religious bodies and a number of small businesses and individuals who responded were against the proposals.
We propose to devolve the power to extend Sunday trading hours:
in England to all unitary and shire district councils
in Wales to all county and county borough councils
to the mayors of London and Greater Manchester
to the mayors established through any future devolution deals, once elected
We will also strengthen the rights of shop workers to ’opt-out‘ of working Sundays, if they choose. These rights will apply in England, Wales and Scotland, whereas the Sunday trading rules apply in England and Wales only.
We will bring forward these measures through amendments to the Enterprise Bill.