It has been reported today that the number of high street retail jobs fell in every region except London between 2012 and 2017.
The office of national statistics reported that high street retail jobs fell by 3.1% across the North West and the number of retail businesses fell by 2% between 2012 and 2017.
Labour’s candidate for Blackpool North and Cleveleys Chris Webb, responding to a survey by Office for National Statistics and Ordnance Survey on high streets, said:
“The loss of high street jobs across our town is bad news for businesses, communities and consumers. I welcome ONS and Ordnance Survey teaming up to produce data on our beleaguered high streets, but action is urgently needed.
“Our local MP and his Conservative Government have merely tinkered around the edges and why the British High Street has declined – damaging businesses, costing thousands of jobs and hitting our communities hard. You only have to drive around the town to see the empty and boarded up shops increasing.
“Labour’s bold five point plan to save the high street provides long term solutions to long term problems. We will bring forward measures to address the crisis that has engulfed our high streets.”
Labour’s five point plan to support Britain’s high streets:
- Ban ATM charges and stop bank branches and post office closures
- Improve local bus services and provide free bus travel for uer-25s
- Deliver free public Wi-Fi in town centres
- Establish a register of landlords of empty shops in each local authority
- Introduce annual revaluations of business rates, ensure a fair appeals system and review the business rates system to bring it into the 21stcentury