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Church told not to stand in way of longer Sunday shopping hours




Church told not to get involved in Sunday opening times debate
Church told not to get involved in Sunday opening times debate

Local authority chiefs are to be given the power to relax Sunday trading laws restricting the opening hours of large stores in their areas under new Government proposals.

Councils in England and Wales will be given the choice of whether they want to ease the current rules limiting shops with over 280 sq m (3,000 sq ft) floorspace to six hours opening on a Sunday.

Ministers are reported to be writing to the Church of England urging it not to oppose the measures which they argue could be worth up to £1.4 billion a year to the economy while ensuring high streets remain the “heartbeat of our communities”.


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