The government has pledged to give clarity on future National Minimum Wage levels and introduce measures to support town centres.

In the Retail Growth Strategy, published alongside the Budget, plans were unveiled to invite the Low Pay Commission to provide greater certainty for retailers on the minimum wage. This would enable retailers to better plan their employment and investment decisions, as well as enable them to take on staff with greater confidence, the review stated.

Plans to build on the Town Centre First policy were also announced. Government has promised to work with local agencies and retailers to identify examples of what currently works well at local level, including examples of how to create vibrant towns.

Other plans include implementing a regulatory reform package to simplify "complex and inconsistent" age-related sales regulations and licences for businesses.

The government intends to abolish or simplify some requirements for licences.

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