Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Labour’s Shadow Local Government Minister, responding to news of a 10.3 per cent rise in retail collapses, said:
“David Cameron and George Osborne’s economic policies are clearly hurting retailers. There are now 23,406 empty shops in our town centres with thousands of people losing their jobs but the Tory-led Government is still refusing to acknowledge the damage it is doing.
“The British high street desperately needs a long term strategy for both the economy and our struggling town centres. We want to see the Government temporarily reverse the VAT hike, create a ‘competition test’ to support smaller businesses and give communities greater control over their town centres.”