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Anneliese Dodds, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, has outlined Labour’s vision to put communities first and support Britain’s high streets.

On a visit to Birmingham city centre, Dodds launched Labour’s five-point plan calling for a bright future for our high streets.

The five-point plan commits Labour to:

  • Stop the selling off of Britain’s high streets for low-quality housing by scrapping new planning rules.
  • Empower councils to fill empty shops with new businesses to breathe life into town centres.
  • Call on the government to use Tax Day on 23 March to level the tax playing field for high street businesses and online firms.
  • Establish a High Streets Fightback Fund to help businesses hit hard by the pandemic get back on their feet.
  • Protect family finances and consumer confidence.


Anneliese Dodds, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “We need action today to secure that bright future of our high street.

“To help businesses hit hard by the pandemic to get back on their feet.

“To ensure hardworking families have money in their pockets to go and spend in their town centres as restrictions lift.

“To stop the sell-off of our high streets and empower local communities to bring empty shops back to life.

“And to lay the foundations now for a fair tax system that allows the high streets of the future to flourish.

“That’s what a Labour government would do.”


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