Abuse of Shopworkers

Thank you for contacting me about protections for retail workers. 

This is an issue that I take incredibly seriously. I am deeply concerned by cases of violence on the high street, particularly in retail premises. Those who work on the high street should be able to go about their work without fear of abuse and intimidation. 

I have been assured that the Government understands that specific action may well be required and it was a positive step forward when Ministers announced a call for evidence to provide a greater understanding of the scale of the issue. You may be pleased to know that the Home Office will be publishing the response to this call for evidence this month. Quite simply, retail workers should not see abuse as part of the job, and I look forward to analysing the Government response.

It is the first priority of government to protect the public. This is best done by taking into account the fact that the degree and nature of the demands on police time and resources are changing and becoming increasingly complex. As such, the Government has a key responsibility to ensure PCCs have the necessary funding to keep communities safe.

The clear commitment made by the Prime Minister to put more officers back on our streets is an important step forward. Boris Johnson made it clear in his first speech on the steps of Downing Street that making our streets safer is a key priority; the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers shows the Government’s determination in this task.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker MP

March 2020