A bright future for high streets under Labour
A bright future for high streets under Labour

Northumberland’s Labour Group has says there is a bright future for high streets under a Labour-led Northumberland.

Scott Dickinson said: “The last decade has seen a decline in our high streets. Nationally thousands of shops have closed under the Conservatives’ watch robbing people of their livelihoods.

“That’s why Labour has a five point plan to revitalise our high streets.”

Labour will deliver a bright future for our high streets by:

  1. Stopping the Conservatives selling off our high streets for low-quality housing by scrapping their planning rules which give local people no say about what happens in their high streets
  2. Empowering councils to fill empty shops with new businesses to breathe life back into our town centres
  3. Challenging the government to level the tax playing field for high street businesses and online firms
  4. Establishing a High Streets Fightback Fund to help businesses hit hard by the pandemic to get back on their feet
  5. Protecting family finances by reversing The Chancellor’s hammer blows to people’s pockets

    He added: “Our plans to ensure that care workers contractors’s staff working with the council are paid properly for the jobs they do will mean more money in people’s pockets. When people have more money n their pockets it boosts the economy. It simply doesn’t make sense to take money away from people if you’re trying to boost the economy.

    “The insulting one per cent pay offer to our NHS workers, following years of pay freezes, means they have effectively taken a pay cut. And while they’ve taken a pay cut, the cost of living still goes up.

    “We have to reverse this downward spiral and that’s what a Labour-led Northumberland will do.”

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