ACS is an established, credible and influential voice for the local shop sector in Government. ACS ensures that local shops are heard at national, local and European level. This is achieved by remaining plugged into key decision makers within Government and Parliament.
The Queen’s Speech was a relatively quiet one for the domestic agenda, but there were still relevant policy announcements. During the speech, the Queen stated that the Government ‘will ensure fairer markets for consumers, this will include bringing forward measures to help tackle unfair practices in the energy market to help reduce energy bills.’
Also in the speech, a commitment was made to raise the level of the National Living Wage ‘so that people who are on the lowest pay benefit from the same improvements in earnings as higher paid workers.’ The Conservative Manifesto reaffirmed a commitment made before the election to raise the National Living Wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020.
Our full briefing on the Queen’s Speech is available here and a video talking through the main points of the Queen’s Speech is below.
ACS’ post-election priorities for Government focus on four key areas:
One of the easiest ways to get involved with local politics is to host a store visit to explain the issues facing your business to your MP. Retailers looking to arrange a store visit with their MP should contact Steve Dowling at firstname.lastname@example.org
Use our postcode tool to send your MP an email asking for a store visit in your constituency. Engaging with an MP in your store is one of the best ways to voice your concerns about the issues that affect your business, whether they are local issues like parking or planning or national issues like business rates and rising employment costs.
If you would like a constituency card to send to your MP, please contact Chris Noice at email@example.com.
Constituency cards contain specific information about the number of convenience stores in your constituency, as well as the number of jobs that those stores provide; a breakdown of the profiles of staff, and key information about store owners in the area.