Published: 8th May 2019

A cross-party group of MPs has accused the government of being ‘unwilling’ to make the necessary changes to help struggling high streets. Chair of the housing, communities and local government committee, Clive Betts said while the government has ‘broadly recognised the scale of the problem’, it is not will willing to make the ‘radical change required that reflects the realities of modern commerce’. In February, the committee published a report, which warned the outlook for high streets and town centres will become ‘increasingly bleak’ unless the government reforms the business rates and planning systems. In particular, it called for changes to the business rates systems for high street and online retailers. Yesterday (7 May), the committee published the details of the government’s official response to that report. The response highlights the government’s Future High Streets Fund, which it claims will ‘renew and reshape town centres and high streets’. But the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)