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High streets face a ‘perfect storm’ of job losses without government action

BRITAIN’S high streets face a “perfect storm” of job losses and store closures unless the government takes action, Usdaw has warned.

The retail union said that ending special measures such as protection from eviction during the pandemic and relief from business rates could “devastate” high streets.

The union has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to intervene.

Usdaw general secretary Paddy Lillis said: “Usdaw is deeply concerned that, with the moratorium on commercial evictions and full business rates relief both ending on June 30, additional cost pressures will push many non-food retailers to scale back, cut jobs or collapse completely.

“Those will coincide with reductions in furlough support.

“All of this could result in further significant job losses unless immediate action is taken by government.”

 Usdaw wants relief from business rates to continue until the end of the financial year, a review of business rates, and the moratorium on evictions extending beyond June.

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