Queen’s Speech includes tougher sentences for violent offenders


A proposed new Sentencing Bill to impose tougher sentences on the most serious and violent offenders was included in the Queen’s Speech on Monday.

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Subpostmasters' petition urges Barclays to reverse Post Office withdrawal decision


Nearly 4,000 people have already signed a petition launched by the National Federation of Subpostmasters (NFSP) urging Barclays to reverse its decision to end cash withdrawals at post offices from January 2020.

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High street footfall declines by 1.7% in September as slump continues


High street footfall fell by 1.8% in September on the previous year, with total retail footfall slumping over 10% in the last seven years alone, according to new figures.


Customers show support for ethical c-store over olive oil blunder


Independent ethical retailer Hisbe has been “blown away” by the support of its local customers after it was reprimanded by the authorities for unwittingly breaking the law and selling extra virgin olive oil on tap.


Bill to protect shop workers formally lodged in Scottish Parliament


A new Bill that would give shop workers carrying out age-restricted sales the same safeguards afforded to emergency services carrying out their duties has been formally submitted to the Scottish Parliament.

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Track and Trace suspension wouldn’t lead to “unnecessary burdens” on stores, HMRC vows


The government has sought to reassure retailers that they will not face further administrative burdens in the event it has to suspend the UK’s newly-implemented Track and Trace tobacco legislation in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


Extend soft drinks levy and enforce plain packaging for sugary foods, says chief medic


The government should introduce standardised packaging for sugary foods and extend the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to milk-based drinks with added sugar in a bid to cut childhood obesity, England’s chief medical officer has recommended.

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Lidl to open 12 new Scottish stores as largest ever warehouse opens


Lidl has revealed plans to open a further 12 stores in Scotland over the next three years as operations commence at its largest ever distribution centre in Motherwell.


Tesco to trial checkout-free shopping at HQ Express store


Tesco is gearing up for the trial of a check-out free Express store in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

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Barclays under fire for ending cash withdrawals at post offices


Barclays has come under fire from MPs and consumer groups for moving to end cash withdrawals from post offices.

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Home Office allocates funds for 6,000 new police officers next year


The Home Office has allocated funding for 6,000 new police officers in England and Wales for 2020-21 as part of a drive to increase their ranks by 20,000 over the next three years.



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