The government has announced that it will consult in relation to proposals to allow local areas in England and Wales to relax Sunday trading rules. Different rules apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where regional parliaments have power to set Sunday trading laws.
In England and Wales, current laws allow smaller shops to open all day, but restrict those over 280 sq m (3,000 sq ft) to six hours of trading. The government proposes to devolve Sunday trading rules to local areas through “devolution deals” or through local councils. The rules relating to Sunday trading on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day will remain unchanged.
Details of the consultation are available on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website and the consultation will close on 16 September 2015.