HMRC Reveal £2.7bn Excise Duty Lost to Illicit Alcohol and Tobacco in 2014

ACS has responded to the publication of the latest HMRC Tax Gaps report, calling on the government to introduce the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme without further delays.

The total excise duty lost to the Treasury in 2013-14 was estimated at £2.7bn. This included a £0.1bn reduction in duty lost through illicit alcohol, but a £0.1bn increase in the level of duty lost through illicit tobacco sales.

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Local shops: PM wrong on Sunday trading

The Association of Convenience Stores has labelled the Prime Minister’s response to a question on Sunday trading as 'ill-informed' and 'incorrect' on key details of the current law and the debate about devolving decision-making to local authorities.

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80% Reduction in Carrier Bag Usage in Scotland Highlights Need for Universal English Charge

ACS continues to urge the government to include small businesses in England’s single-use carrier bag charge after figures today show Scotland’s universal charge has cut usage by 650 million bags in its first year.

The figures, released today by the Scottish government, show that the number of single-use carrier bag bags given to consumers has decreased by 80% since the 5p charge came into effect on 20th October 2014. The charge, which applies to businesses of all sizes, has helped raise over £6.7 million for good causes.

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MPs Raise Concerns about Sunday Trading Impact; Proposals Yet to be Published

MPs from a range of political parties have raised concerns in parliament about the government’s plans to devolve decisions on Sunday trading to local authorities.

Many MPs were expecting the proposals to be included as an amendment to the Cities & Devolution Bill, which had its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday.  However, this clause was not proposed as an amendment at this stage, with ministers not confirming if and when this policy would be brought into legislation.

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ACS Welcomes Cap on Debit and Credit Card Fees

ACS has welcomed the government’s decision to introduce EU measures which will cap the costs retailers currently face when processing debit and credit card payments.

From 9th December, the European Commission’s Interchange Fee Regulation will come into effect which will cap the amount that is charged by banks to card providers to 0.2% on debit cards and 0.3% on credit cards.

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Vote Now for the Winners of the Great British High Streets Competition

The 21 finalists for the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Great British High Streets Competition have now been announced across the competition’s seven categories.

The finalists now have the opportunity to impress an expert judging panel and battle it out in the public vote to be crowned Britain’s best. Winners in each category will receive expert training and tailor-made tips from Google’s training taskforce for 100 of their high street’s shops, bars and restaurants.

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Camelot Launches New-Look for Lotto

National Lottery operator, Camelot, have announced changes to their flagship Lotto game which will launch tomorrow, Saturday 10 October, with 25 guaranteed millionaire winners.

Tickets for the new Lotto game for consumers went on sale yesterday and Lotto retailers will have received a Lotto launch kit – including PlayStation POS, window posters, leaflets, counter wraps, foil balloons, bunting, and new Lotto and Lotto HotPicks play slips.

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Chief Executive's Blog: Business Rates Revolution, or Changes at the Margins?

We heard about George Osborne’s promise to devolve business rates to local authorities while waiting to start our fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference, just yards from where the Chancellor was speaking. This looked like another Osborne bombshell, hot on the heels of his planned devolution of Sunday trading and announcement of a national living wage of over £9 by 2020.

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Less Than a Week to Go! Book for ACS Heart of the Community 2015

ACS’ unmissable political event, Heart of the Community 2015, will be taking place on the 13th October and offers you unrivalled access to key MPs and Ministers.

ACS’ Heart of the Community is the best opportunity for you to raise your concerns with Parliamentarians about key issues currently affecting the sector, including Sunday trading reform and the introduction of the National Living Wage, and the impact these policies will have on your store.

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