8 February 2016 - Janet Bird
The Government has announced plans to relax Sunday trading laws in England and Wales, allowing businesses to open for longer.
Announcing the move, Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the measures were designed to allow local authorities to help struggling high streets.
Under the proposals, which are being put forward as amendments to the Enterprise Bill, local authorities will be given the power to change Sunday trading laws in their areas to meet the needs of local communities.
They will be able to restrict longer opening hours to specific areas, or zones, such as High Streets and town centres.
Currently, small shops of 280 square metres or less in size can open at any time but larger stores can only trade for six hours between 10am and 6pm.
Mr Javid stressed that shop workers who want to opt out of working on Sundays for family or faith reasons would be able to do so.