Published: 22nd Sep 2020

The government will announce which bids have been successful under the £1bn Future High Streets Fund within ‘weeks’, according to a senior civil servant. Speaking in front of the public accounts committee yesterday (21 September), the director general of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Emran Minian said the government was ‘very conscious that towns have worked extremely hard to prepare these bids’ and that an announcement should be made within ‘a matter of weeks’. ‘I don’t think I’m in a position to be absolutely definitive and say that’s something that we’ll be able to do in October,’ he told MPs. ‘We haven’t yet put decisions to ministers for them to make. So, I expect it may feel a little bit later into the year than October, but it will be a matter of weeks, rather than months.’ The £1bn Future High Streets Fund was originally launched in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)