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The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust expands its range of educational support for 2024

The charity will offer financial aid to families of convenience, grocery workers and pharmacists across the UK, to help them succeed at school, university or college.

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust (LTCT), which provides financial aid for the families of those working in the convenience, grocery, and pharmacy trades, has announced a renewed focused on educational-specific support for 2024.

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Two Weeks until the UK General Election

ACS (The Association of Convenience Stores) are calling on all retailers to seize the opportunity to meet with local parliamentary candidates standing in their constituency by inviting them to visit local shops before the general election takes place in two weeks (4th July). This is a great opportunity to build key relationships with your future MP who will be working to ensure your needs are met and share key information with them that highlights the important contributions of the convenience sector.

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ACS Calls on Next Government to Prioritise Enforcement Against Illicit Traders

ACS has responded to the publication of new data from HM Revenue and Customs on the prevalence of non-duty paid and illicit products in the UK, urging the main parties vying to become the next Government to prioritise enforcement against rogue sellers and supply chains.

According to the latest estimates from HM Revenue and Customs, the tobacco tax gap driven by illicit cigarettes and tobacco products stands at £2.2bn, with the alcohol tax gap from illicit and non duty-paid products standing at £0.6bn.

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Midcounties Co-Operative Celebrates Pride Month With Stories from LGBTQ+ Colleagues

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To celebrate #PrideMonth, Midcounties Co-Operative is sharing stories from LGBTQ+ Colleagues about the good work they do in the community and how the convenience sector can foster safe, inclusive spaces for all convenience colleagues.

The Inclusion Allies Network at Your Coop aims to support colleagues who are part of the LGBTQ+ community and ensuring they feel valued by promoting equality, addressing barriers in the sector through the expertise and experience of the Inclusion Allies.

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Reform Publish ‘Contract with You’ Ahead of 2024 Election

The Reform Party have published their contract with voters ahead of the 2024 General Election, pledging to raise the income tax threshold to £20,000 per annum if they were to form the next Government.

The contract sets out a series of changes that the party would make in the first 100 days of Government, claiming to ‘stand up for British culture, identity and values’ and ‘take back control over our borders, our money and our laws’.

Measures announced in the Reform ‘Contract with You’ include:

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Labour Pledge to Replace Business Rates in 2024 Election Manifesto

The Labour Party have launched their manifesto for change ahead of the 2024 General Election, focusing on introducing longer term policy measures and stabilising the economy.

Launched by Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer today (June 13th), the manifesto commits to a range of measures that could affect the convenience sector, including a replacement of the business rates system in England, changes to the remit of the Low Pay Commission and the National Living Wage, and the introduction of a separate offence for assaulting a shopworker.

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Scottish Government Confirm Details of Disposable Vape Ban in 2025

The Scottish Government has published its response to the consultation on details surrounding the introduction of a ban on disposable vaping products, set to come into force in April 2025.

The response provides additional clarity on their views on the definition of a disposable vape, as well as more information about the way that the rules will be enforced. The Scottish Government acknowledges that enforcement was the biggest concern raised by those who submitted evidence to the consultation.

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