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JLL Retail responds to Sunday trading vote law delay  


Commenting on the announcement that the Government has postponed the planned vote on relaxing Sunday trading laws, Head of JLL's UK Retail & Leisure team Tim Vallance said: "It's deeply outdated to restrict the hours that retailers can open in an age when consumers can shop online 24/7, so the principle of relaxing restrictions is welcome, but the concerns that were voiced by MP's about this proposal are concerns that we share. Devolution of trading hour decisions to local authorities will mean mixed decisions at a local level which will cause havoc with retailers' central decisions on matters such as employment, supply and even the rent they can afford to pay. We also don't believe that local authorities have the relevant knowledge or skills to make the decision."