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Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Labour’s Shadow High Streets Minister, responding to the report by the Centre for Retail Research on High Streets, said:

“The Tory-led Government’s economic failure and complete lack of strategy for the high street means businesses are being forced into closure, taking jobs and potential economic growth with them. They are failing to listen to communities.

“We need urgent action to kickstart our economy. If Labour were in government now we would be temporarily cutting VAT to help get the economy moving. And we would give more powers to local people and local councils to have a say in what their high streets look like, to support small businesses and prevent the spread of too many betting shops or payday lenders.”

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