‘We cannot say whether the scheme has delivered value for money.’
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‘You could exempt public services from paying business rates in town centres,’ said Andy Street.
‘London is the best place in the world to start and grow a business – but even in such a dynamic economy as ours, some small entrepreneurs can’t access crucial funding.’
The year-long pilot programme will begin with their first shop on St Mary’s Gate in central Manchester and will be followed by the opening of other pop-up shops in Wales, Scotland, the Midlands, Yorkshire and across the South East.
‘The fund will address a major social issue by increasing the stock of quality homes that will be available to communities.’
‘A proper national debate on how much we are willing to pay and what we expect of councils is therefore needed.’
‘Investments like this ensure that council money is working hard for the people of Mid Sussex.’
‘It is hard to imagine a recipe better designed to exacerbate inequality and poverty.’
‘Ultimately, the Social Value Act does not go far enough.’
‘We have had 25 official-level engagements across the country, including with our counterparts in the devolved administrations.’