Retail guru welcomes £10m innovation fund but says she wants the government to take more radical action.
The government will on Friday announce plans to pump more than £10m into run-down high streets around the country as it responds to last year’s independent review by TV retail guru Mary Portas, but is already coming under fire for failing to support some of the report’s hardest-hitting recommendations.
In its formal response, the government is expected to say it has accepted “virtually all” 28 recommendations, which included establishing a national market day and relaxing rules so that empty shops could be turned into gyms and creches.
Details of the response will be announced by Grant Shapps, the minister for housing and local government. It is expected to include a new £10m taxpayer-funded high street “innovation fund” to bring empty shops back into use – which could swell to £30m if councils and landlords get behind it.
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