Government response

Helping the high street

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Response to Centre for Retail Research report.

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A spokesman from the Department for Communities and Local Government said:

We welcome the contribution to this debate from the Centre for Retail Research report. It is clear that high streets need to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers in order to prosper.

The government has supported 27 Pilots and 330 Town Team Partners across the country to promote innovation and joint working between councils, retailers and business.

We have cut business rates for small shops, scrapped Whitehall guidance that pushed for higher parking charges, and the local retention of business rates now gives councils a direct financial stake in their high street.

We have delivered a ‘town centre first’ planning policy, and are making it easier to get empty and redundant buildings in town centres back into productive use.

Published 28 May 2013