Osborne says councils should decide on Sunday opening options
Larger stores in England and Wales could be offered the chance to open longer on Sundays.
In the latest of Government policies to be revealed ahead of Wednesday’s Budget, George Osborne says local authorities should be given the power to relax the current law if they think it will boost the local economy.
The New West End Company, which represents retailers in central London, says an extra two hours of opening would create 3,000 jobs and generate sales of £200m in London.
Its claims are based on larger stores being allowed to open for longer during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when the 1994 Sunday Trading Act was relaxed for all retailers in England and Wales in order for event’s merchandise stores to open longer than six hours.