The Scottish Retail Consortium has launched a retail manifesto setting out how the Scottish Parliament could improve the competitiveness of Scotland's retail sector.
Its Shopping List for Change' political wish list includes a Planning Charter setting out rights and responsibilities for all partners in the planning process, more support on reducing retail crime, and the introduction of a proof of age card accreditation scheme.
New SRC director Fiona Moriarty said a planning charter would facilitate proper communication: "A Charter would get all key players around the table."
But she called on the Executive to continue in its balanced approach to planning.
The SRC also wants the Scottish Executive to roll out anti crime campaigns like the Glasgow Save the City Partnership between retailers and the local authority, launched just before Christmas.
Moriarty said: "Crime is a real problem, and the Scottish Parliament needs to do a lot more to help us, promoting local public­private partnerships such as the Glasgow one."
On proof of age, the SRC is pushing the Executive to promote the PASS accreditation of proof of age card.

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