Published 11th May 2018
The House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee has launched an inquiry into England’s ailing town centres as they face pressure from online shopping and the financial problems facing some of the biggest high street names.
The MPs will try to determine how high streets will look by 2030 and what measures can be taken to revive their fortunes. The inquiry will also consider whether councils have the correct planning, licensing, tax-raising and other tools needed to help local areas. Debenhams chair, Sir Ian Cheshire, said this week that the decline of the high street would accelerate unless the Government reformed the business rates system and landlords showed greater flexibility.
The closing date for submitting written evidence to the Committee is Friday 22nd June 2018.
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