Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

Scottish sellers have actually composed to the finance minister, urging the government to turn down proposals to close large shops on New Years Day.
The Government is seeking advice from retail owners and staff after the Usdaw trade union sent a petition to the Scottish Parliament requiring the modification. Today is the last day of the assessment period..
Currently, the Christmas Day and New Years Day Trading Act 2007 just bans large shops, with a trading location of more than 280m squared, from opening on Christmas Day..
Usdaw argues that store workers “are worthy of a good break over New Year” after keeping the country fed and delivering essential services.
On Tuesday, 13 retail groups, including the Scottish Retail Consortium, CBI Scotland, and the Scottish Tourism Alliance, wrote to Public Finance Minister Tom Arthur, asking him to turn down the ask for a modification.
They said: “As limitations ease, it needs to be down to stores to figure out and evaluate whether there is enough client demand and availability of staff to open on New Years Day.
” Curtailing this through legislation would diminish consumer choice and contribute to the economic pressures dealing with retailers, their supply chain, and our town and city centre economies.”.
David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, stated: ” A legislative restriction would be putting rocks in the retail industrys rucksack just as it looks for to climb up and recover out from the worst trading period in years.”.

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