SRC reaction to First Minister's Programme for Government

 

3 September 2019

Responding to the publication today of the First Minister’s Programme for Government, David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said:

 

“There is much in the First Minister’s programme we can support, particularly on infrastructure, transport, and boosting home ownership. However with retail sales flat and public policy ratcheting up the cost of employing people and operating shops, and with further rises in business rates and the workplace parking levy in the pipeline, we would have liked to have seen a far greater emphasis on policies to reduce the cost of doing business.”

 

On the proposed Bill on restricting food promotions:

 

“Grocery retailers have taken positive voluntary steps to encourage consumers to make healthier choices through better customer information and labelling, product reformulation, and price promotions of fruit and vegetables. Any new legislation to restrict food promotions should complement these measures and apply to all food and drink businesses. New laws in this area will be very complex, and it makes sense for the Government to take some time to fully develop proportionate, evidence based measures.”