Retailers ask PM for help rebuilding High Streets

Samantha Loveday

By Samantha Loveday

August 11th 2011 at 10:24AM
Retailers ask PM for help rebuilding High Streets

Practical actions need to be put in place following riots earlier this week.

The director general of the British Retail Consortium, Stephen Robertson, has written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, urging for practical actions to support the rebuilding of High Streets after the violence earlier this week.

The letter sets out four priorities: a temporary suspension of business rates and National Insurance for those trading in affected premises, together with a flexibility in making VAT returns; supportive, expedient planning processes for premises needing substantial repair; a recourse to compensation under the Riots Damages Act 1886 for affected businesses; and effective local partnerships.

The BRC has stressed the need for urgent and substantial action, given that many of the affected retail locations were already in difficulty.

Robertson goes on to say: "We stand ready to work with the Government on these matters, as well as the important world that will emerge from the Portas Review, in order to make Britain's High Streets great places for retail once more."