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Towards a level playing field between the high street and online

I welcome the report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, High Streets and Town Centres in 2030, which calls on the Government to consider the options of an online sales tax and reforms to business rates.

It states:

We believe that high streets and town centres can survive, and thrive, by 2030 if they adapt. Our vision is for activity-based community gathering places where retail is a smaller part of a wider range of uses and activities and where green space, leisure, arts and culture and health and social care services combine with housing to create a space based on social and community interactions.

I spoke at a local business breakfast in Barnstaple recently. I was asked, “How can we revive the high street with online retailers undercutting our businesses?”  and “How can we make it fairer for high street businesses?” Local business owners wanted to know more about our policy to reform business rates – I told them about our proposal to abolish business rates and replace them with a Commercial Landowner Levy. But that wasn’t enough for them – they wanted to know about online sales tax and how we could level the playing field.

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  • User AvatarPaul Walter 22nd Oct - 1:25pm
    The only difference between Phillip Lee’s proposal (as linked by George) and normal community service as practised day in this country for many years, is...
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    The Conservatives have too much political capital invested in leaving at the end of the month to behave rationally. It is up to MPs to...
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    The party should be thinking about now and the future. We have to comment on the fact that we are a broad church and therefore...
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    After Industry (thank you, Peter Martin), poorly skilled people will have no productive platform anymore to earn a dignified living. Without complementary physical capital, the...
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    Interestingly I recall meetings where Mark Oaten, our then Shadow Home Secretary and later his successor in that role, one Nick Clegg, proposed that those...
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    Reading that very helpful link you included, George, what Phillip Lee was talking about does not seem like what is normally referred to as “forced...