Rishi Sunak urged to launch new scheme as free £100 vouchers given out in Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland based adults will be given free shopping vouchers going forward in a new public plan to get people back onto the high street. Around 1.4 million people are expected to benefit from this and the plan itself may cost around £145million.

Following this news, some have called for similar schemes to be launched in Scotland and today, an English option has been proposed.

Refundable, the membership programme offering consumers access to exclusive offers, has launched a petition to introduce a Shop Out to Help Out scheme.

This scheme aims to entice shoppers back out to help independent retailers recover from the pandemic.

The not for profit initiative would reward customers with a 50 percent rebate (maximum £10 per transaction) when shopping in small independent retailers, with fewer than 10 members of staff.

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Refundable suggested the campaign would be similar to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme launched last summer for the hospitality industry, and it would assist in “giving independent high street retailers a boost during this difficult transition back to normality”.

Refundable detailed this scheme could be crucial as over 17,000 shops closed permanently within the last year.

As such the scheme would act as a “lifeline to businesses, providing them with a safety net as they emerge from restrictions.”

To “get the campaign off the ground”, Refundable encouraged both consumers and small businesses to sign its petition.

The goal of the petition is to obtain a detailed response from the Government when 100,000 signatures are reached.

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This would allow the issue to be debated in Parliament with the end result being the launch of the Shop Out to Help Out scheme with independent retailers signing up to take part.

Lee Plaister, the owner of Refundable, commented: “Independent retailers have had a very challenging year and it’s crucial that the Government steps up to assist the recovery.

“We really hope that this petition assists in launching the Shop Out to Help Out scheme, which we at Refundable believe will result in a much needed, positive transformation of the UK’s high streets.”

The Government released a strategy on how it plans to regenerate high streets on July 15.

Boris Johnson, speaking from the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry, said British high streets will be a key part of the Government’s plans to level up and deliver visible changes to local areas and communities across England, transforming derelict buildings, cleaning up streets, and supporting a renewed sense of community for current and future generations.

Councils in England will be given the power to transform towns, taking over derelict buildings through compulsory purchase orders so they can be converted into new homes if property owners stall on regeneration plans.

Councils will also be encouraged to use existing powers to convert empty offices into housing, and empty shops will be transformed into entertainment venues or thriving new businesses without the need for planning permission.

Local economies and plans for growth will be boosted with 15 Town Deals totalling £335million.

The Town Deals will fund community regeneration projects including repurposing empty shops on high streets, creating new public spaces, transforming a riverfront area into a community hub with entertainment and leisure venues, and creating a new digital enterprise and learning centre.

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Town Deals have now been offered to all 101 places that were invited to develop proposals and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick welcomed these plans: “As we build back better from the pandemic, we are transforming our high streets across the UK into the kind of vibrant places we will want to visit, work and call home for generations to come.

“This strategy sets out a vision for entrepreneurship to thrive, where local shops and businesses are supported with permanent al fresco dining, derelict eyesores transformed into quality homes and new hubs for business and entertainment encouraged.

“With more funding for town centres and powers for communities to take a stake in their local area, we are delivering on our commitments to level up and put power in the hands of local people.

“I look forward to seeing what local communities have in store for national celebrations such as Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year – a remarkable occasion that we will mark in style.”





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