by Ian Shires on 9 March, 2019
Responding as the BDO High Streets Tracker reveals that sales declined by 3.7%, the worst February for lifestyle in-store sales since November 2008, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:
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Our high streets are clearly going through an extremely difficult time, thanks to a combination of long-term structural challenges and the damaging effects of Brexit uncertainty.
But with the right action from government, councils, businesses and local communities, they can prosper once again. Instead of trying to recreate the high streets of the past, Britain’s towns and cities need to refresh their offer at a time of growing demand for online shopping.
Liberal Democrats believe we should enable towns to thrive in the 21st century. We would replace business rates with a tax on land value, reform restrictive planning rules, and provide additional support for local entrepreneurs.