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Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Labour’s Shadow High Streets Minister, commenting on data showing many of the Portas Pilot town centres continue to struggle, said:

“The Tory-led Government’s economic failure is devastating many high streets and they have no strategy to reverse the damage they have done.

“The fact is the Portas Pilots have struggled to deliver the ‘high street renaissance’ that the Government promised because they have not been given enough practical support from Eric Pickles and his Ministers to use the money awarded to them efficiently and effectively in support of their local economy.

“Too many high street shops are disappearing or turning into yet another payday lender or betting shop. That is why Labour wants to give more power to communities everywhere to shape their high streets.”

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