More hours of shopping and drinking expensive high street coffee at the weekend could be on the cards soon, as the previously moribund day of Sunday is set to benefit from another round of governmental tinkering.
Sajid Javid, the UK's business secretary, has been given the go-ahead to rework Sunday trading rules by his boss, with one of the key rule changes being the option for local councils to extend Sunday opening times in their area if there's a decent enough business case.
It's being pitched as a devolution of laws away from the government to the regional heads of administration, with councils also given the ability to "zone" any trading changes -- meaning they could just apply to our besieged high streets and not to the out of town behemoths. The proposed Enterprise Bill containing the changes to Sunday rules also includes a "a new right to opt-out of working additional hours," hopefully making it easier for workers to say no to Sunday hours if they'd rather spend the day in bed wanking, as has always been the tradition on the Sabbath.
Sajid Javid said: "Extending Sunday trading hours has the potential to help businesses and high streets across the UK better compete as our shopping habits change. The rights of shop workers are key to making these changes work in everyone’s interests. We are protecting those who do not wish to work Sundays, and those who do not want to work more than their normal Sunday working hours." [GOV via Guardian]