NALC attends report launch on high streets and community business
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended Power to Change’s report launch on high streets and community business in Westminster on 10 May 2023.
The report provides a snapshot of expert opinion on the state of the high street and a comparative analysis of international examples of initiatives to drive high street renewal, which informed policy recommendations for the next government to create community-powered high streets.
The report recommends a National Community-Led High Streets Programme, central and local government creating the conditions for more alternative ownership, and a targeted empty property premium on business rates for long-term vacant properties.
Representatives from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities were present at the launch and gave their reactions to the recommendations.
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