I have pledged to continue his campaign to help retailers and shopworkers in their daily struggle against retail crime and violence following figures from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) showing the cost of retail crime to Delyn.
ACS figures show that local shops in Delyn are estimated to have lost £160,211 to shop thieves last year.
But this is about more than lost revenue; shop theft is the number one trigger for violence against shopworkers. ACS estimate that there were almost 10,000 incidents of violence against people working in local shops, 41% of these resulted in the injury of staff. 83% of staff in convenience stores also reported they have experienced verbal abuse at work.
The estimated cost to the convenience sector was £246million last year, equivalent to a 7p crime tax on every transaction. Read more “7p crime tax”
Every backbench MP can apply to the Backbench Business Committee to secure time for a debate on an issue of our choice.
I used this opportunity to apply for a debate on retail crime and its impact on retail staff and shop owners. Working with the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, the British Retail Consortium, the Association of Convenience Stores and Usdaw – the trade union that represents shopworkers – I have been trying to get the law changed. We need tougher laws on those who abuse and harm retail staff and if we are granted this debate it will give us another chance to hold the UK Government to account.
This is an issue that crosses party lines. Our application was supported by both Labour and Conservative backbench MPs and I hope that this demonstrates to the Backbench Business Committee that this is a serious issue that deserves a debate.
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.