The old Use Class Order created and reinforced divides between cities, the new reforms put cities on a level playing field.
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City centres have been hit hard by Covid-19 and London’s city centre has been hit the hardest.
Mayors: the run-up to 2020Business rates reform would unlock opportunities for cities
Mike Spicer is the Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce. Here, he looks ahead to the government's review of business rates.
In many places workers, not leisure shoppers, are the key to high-street success
Another high street report prescribes business rates reform and again fails to recognise the real blame lies in the weak economies of many UK cities
Thriving city centres offer more of a premium retail experience than those struggling to fill empty shops
Ahead of next week’s budget, it is rumoured that the Chancellor will make it easier to convert shops into homes. How exactly he will do this is unknown, but it sounds like he will expand...
Access to cheap borrowing has encouraged local authorities to invest in commercial property. Cities can use this approach to revive city centres, but only by diversifying away from retail.