I am continuing to work for changes in the law so that retail workers are protected from harashment, voilence and abuse. One of the ways we can make change happen is through the use of an All-Party Group.
These Groups involve MPs and Peers from all sides of the Houses of Parliament and ensure that our voice is amplified to the UK Government.
As many of you will know, I have been working with Usdaw – the trade union that represents shopworkers – the Co-Op and many business groups to ensure that this change is implemented.
This week I attended to APPG for Retail Crime to discuss next steps on the promises made by the Minister at the Home Office and how we can support local shopkeepers – especially newsagents – against crime and support the police in tracking down those who commit theft.
I have been working closely with Usdaw – the trade union that represents shopworkers – and the Co-Op to ensure that we strengthen the law against those who commit violence against shopworkers.
Shoplifting has increased, attacks on shopworkers has risen and the Government need to sort this out. I have applied on four separate occasions for a debate and I will keep doing so.
I asked the Leader of the House of Commons if she would give government time for this debate so we can do right for the hundreds of thousands of people who work in retail and keep them safe.
I welcome the moves by the Home Office Minister, Victoria Atkins MP, to undertake a review of attacks on shopworkers.
The review was agreed following David Hanson MP’s amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill. Mr Hanson tabled an amendment to the Bill to ensure that retail staff who were checking the age of customers purchasing bladed items or corrosive substances would be protected by a new aggravated offence. During the debate on the new amendment, David Hanson MP said: Read more “Offensive Weapons Bill – Freedom from Fear”
The rise in retail crime over the past year is truly worrying. Our shopworkers are being put at risk and local shops are facing a the costs associated with it. Since last year, retail crime has increased from a total direct cost of £660 million to just over £700 million. This is money that is being lost due to criminals and stops employers from investing in our communities.
I have been working with the Co-Op and Usdaw – the shopworkers trade union – to raise awareness of the need for a plan to tackle this shocking rise. I asked the Leader of the House if she will give time for a debate on retail crime so that I can hold the UK Government to account for their reckless cuts to policing and security measures in our towns and villages.
No one should have to go to work in fear. I want the Government to combat this head on so we can fulfil our promise to retail staff that they have freedom from fear.