Retail NI Reaction to UK Labour Manifesto

Commenting on the publication of the UK Labour Party’s Manifesto Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This manifesto is a radical and challenging document for the economy”

“Climate Change and the role of the private sector is rightly listed as a central priority in this manifesto. The retail sector wants to play its part in a stronger partnership with the UK Government to address the critical environment challenge”

“Retail NI welcomes Labour’s manifesto commitments to banning ATM charges, revitalising the Post Office network and implementing a retail sector industrial strategy”

“The Labour Party has also pledged an additional £1.9 billion for Northern Ireland which we hope would be largely ring-fenced for economic development and infrastructure investment”

“The proposed £10 Living Wage is a very significant challenge and concern for Retail NI members. Our members are paying the highest business rates in the UK and unless we get a big reduction in business rates, this £10 rate may be unaffordable for many of them”

“The high cost of doing business in Northern Ireland must be an urgent priority for an incoming Stormont administration and UK Government”


Glyn Roberts 07515710517