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ACS publish Rural Shop Report 2021

23 Feb 2021

The report provides key insights into the social and economic contributions of the rural shop sector, including profiles of the entrepreneurs that run rural shops, the investments they make... Read more…

Leading industry bodies urge Government to abolish bid to turn city centres into homes from home

18 Feb 2021

Leading industry bodies, including IRC members, have warned the Secretary of State that this notion puts the future of our town centres at serious risk
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Updated guidance on Strong Customer Authentication (SCA)

18 Feb 2021

From 1 June 2021 any UK businesses accepting online card payments must be ready to support SCA
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Scotland announces business rates holiday extension until April 2022

17 Feb 2021

The Scottish Government Finance Secretary plans to extend 100% business rates relief for all retailers to cover all of 2021/22
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APPGCW announce virtual meeting to discuss Planning White Paper and its impact on active travel

16 Feb 2021

All ACT members are invited to join the webinars, please contact us if you'd like to attend

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Join us in urging MPs to extend business rates holiday

10 Feb 2021

Use this template to email your MP to help independent retailers survive the pandemic by delaying the return of business rates.
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Firms call for Government to reform business rates or risk a high street collapse

10 Feb 2021

Letter to Rishi Sunak signed by Tesco, B&Q, Waterstones, and members of the IRC, calls for the business rates system to be reformed to make it fairer for physical stores

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ACT meeting with business ministers: send us your questions

10 Feb 2021

Whether you'd like to ask about business rates, the rent moratorium, or Government support for IBDs during the pandemic, we want to hear it.
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Single Use Carrier Bags Charges to potentially be increased from April

9 Feb 2021

Legislation has been laid to increase the minimum amount that retailers must charge for a single use carrier bag from 5p to 10p from 30th April 2021

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Retailers Plea to Prime Minister to Legislate Against Shopworker Abuse

5 Feb 2021

Over 65 retail organisations, including many members of the IRC, have written to the Prime Minister raising concerns of increasing instances of violence and abuse against shopworkers
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Single Use Carrier Bags Charges to potentially be increased from April

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

The Plastic bagGovernment has laid the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2021 legislation. If approved, it will come into force on 30th April 2021 in England only.

The legislation will increase the minimum amount that retailers must charge for a single use carrier bag (SUCB) from 5p to 10p. It will also extend the obligation to charge to SUCB to all retailers and will remove the exemption from airport retailers from charging for SUCB.

In the legislation, a SUCB is defined as ‘an unused bag made of lightweight plastic material with handles, other than an excluded bag'.

The amendment to the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 continues to provide smaller retailers with an exemption from reporting bags issued. Retailers with over 250 employees are required by law to record and report how many bags they sell.

The increased and extended charged aims to reduce the usage SUCB's and the litter associated with them whilst allowing for their continued use where necessary.

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