Low take-up for government's £10m high street scheme

A year ago, the government put aside £10m to provide a boost to the UK’s high streets, which are suffering a widespread decline due to pressures from e-commerce. This money was allocated to councils with the worst affected retail sectors in the hope that this would be promptly disbursed to those on the front line.

However, new figures released in response to a Freedom of Information request suggest that very little has actually been spent. Between the 72 councils that responded to the enquiry, 93% was still sitting in council coffers. This suggests that either councils are lacking the motivation to tackle the problem, or that they are simply at a loss at how to go about revitalising their town centres.

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