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ACS calls for government to deliver on retail recommendations

ACS, the voice of local shops throughout the UK have called for Government to deliver against the recommendations set out in the Portas Review.

In its submission to the UK Retail Sector Inquiry, undertaken by the influential Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee, ACS (Association of Convenience Stores) has highlighted that the Government needs to deliver cross departmental support for the retail sector and implement key recommendations from the Portas Review on the issues of planning, business rates and parking.

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “Nearly 18 months ago the Government was given 28 recommendations by Mary Portas as part of her High Streets Review. They have made substantial progress but only in a limited number of areas, mostly related to funding and encouraging local initiatives such as Town Teams. Government needs to do more to grip the policy challenges Portas set out.

“Business rates continue to punish high street retailers even though more and more are closing down; strong national planning rules are not stopping enough investment slipping away from centres and parking policies continue to be about revenue raising rather than creating access and footfall in our centres.

“We remain committed to supporting the Department for Business in delivering its Retail Strategy, and as a member of the Future High Streets Forum we are working on the urgent and complex policy challenges facing UK retailers. We urge MPs to reinforce the message that the retail sector will only thrive if there is a co-ordinated committed action across Government.”

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