Published: 21st Mar 2021

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has unveiled a new £56m fund to help boost high streets and seaside towns. According to the government, the Welcome Back Fund will help councils boost tourism, improve green spaces and provide more outdoor seating areas, markets and food stall pop-ups. But the Labour Party said the money on offer was ‘just a drop in the ocean’. The regional allocations for the Welcome Back Fund are: ·       East Midlands (England) £4.9m ·       East of England £6.1m ·       London £8.2m ·       North East (England) £2.5m ·       North West (England) £7.7m ·       South East (England) £9.6m ·       South West (England) £5.5m ·       West Midlands (England) £6.2m ·       Yorkshire and The Humber £5.4m Mr Jenrick has also today announced the first 70 councils who will benefit from targeted, hands-on support from the government’s High Streets Task Force. ‘Our Welcome Back Fund gives every city, town and high street support … (To read the full article, subscribe below)