ACS: Government Must Do More to Recognise Businesses as Victims of Crime

The Government has today launched a consultation (17th July) looking to strengthen the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code).

The Victims’ Code is a statutory document which sets out the minimum level of service victims can expect from criminal justice agencies, such as the police and courts. Chapter 4 of Victims Code sets out what business are entitled to when they are victims of crime, including:

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ACS Raises Concerns over Plans for ‘All-In’ Deposit Return Scheme in England and Wales

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP to re-think his support for an “all-in” deposit return scheme in England and Wales.  Speaking at Kew Gardens in London today, Mr Gove outlined his support for an approach that could require retailers to take back plastic, glass, metal, HDPE bottles and other containers as part of the proposed deposit return scheme, with no limits on the size of the container that can be returned.

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Book Your Place at Heart of the Community 2019!

Book your place at ACS’ Heart of the Community Conference taking place on Tuesday 15th October at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster between 10.45am-3pm followed by a Parliamentary Reception from 4-6pm.

Award-winning presenter and Political Editor for Good Morning Britain Ranvir Singh, will address the conference, providing political context and insight.

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ACS: Government Launches Statutory Sick Pay Consultation

The Government has today (15th July) launched a consultation seeking views on ways that the government and employers can take action to reduce ill-health related job loss. This includes looking at the threshold for statutory sick pay (SSP) eligibility, the flexibility of phased returns to work and the possibility of introducing a offering small businesses who help employees return to work a rebate.

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ACS: Forecourt Conference 2019

Taking place today (11th July) this year’s Forecourt Conference heard from a number of industry experts about fuel retailing, changing consumer demand, policy developments and the future of the sector.

The first session, Future of Fuels, discussed the technological developments happening in the sector globally, exploring the move towards electric and alternative fuels and the implications that this has on forecourts and fuel retailing.

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ACS Responds to Home Office Figures on Police Funding

ACS has responded to new figures on the levels of police funding between 2015 and 2020, urging the Government and Police and Crime Commissioners to ensure that retail crime is on the agenda for local forces.

The Home Office document shows that overall police funding, including counter-terrorism police funding, has increased by £1bn between 2018-19 and 2019-20. This includes an increase in funding to Police and Crime Commissioners of £815m, as well as funding for national priorities, counter-terrorism policing and the £100m serious violence fund.

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Forecourt Conference!

The 2019 ACS Forecourt Conference is the unmissable event for those interested in fuel retailing and the future of the sector. This year’s event is taking place on 11th July at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

The conference provides the opportunity for delegates to hear from expert speakers as they discuss the issues currently affecting forecourt retailers and some issues that they may face in the future. This year’s conference is split into two thought-provoking sessions which will take a detailed look at evolution of the sector and the issues affecting fuel retailing.

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ACS Urges Payment Systems Regulator to Protect Access to Cash

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has submitted evidence to the Payment Systems Regulator urging them to protect access to cash.

The Payment Systems Regulator launched a call for views about the structure of ATM interchange fees and how this impacts ATM operators and retailers that host machines across the country.

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ACS Welcomes Government Commitment on “Rural Proofing” Policy

The Government has responded to the House of Lords Rural Economy Committee’s final report about how Government policy could strengthen rural businesses and communities.

The 2019 ACS Rural Shop Report reveals that rural convenience stores provide flexible jobs for almost 140,000 people, have invested over £271m in improving their businesses, and continue to provide a wide range of services despite slow broadband speeds and unreliable mobile connectivity.

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