Shops: Closures

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th July 2016.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Labour, Bolton South East

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to prevent shop closures in town centres.

Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Labour, Bolton South East

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce the decline of high streets in UK towns and cities.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

We are committed to ensuring that high streets remain at the heart of their community and as a Government we have taken significant actions to help high streets thrive through a range of targeted tax breaks, sensible planning changes and measures to ensure fairer parking for motorists.

At the Budget, we announced the biggest ever cut in business rates in England – worth £6.7 billion over the next five years, cutting business rates for all ratepayers, and meaning 600,000 of the smallest businesses won’t have to pay business rates. We have also given over £18 million to fund successful initiatives such “Love Your Local Market” and the “Great British High Street Competition”, and have recently announced a digital pilot programme in Gloucestershire, to support town centres and SMEs to compete in the digital era.

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