CITY centres across the UK could become “ghost towns”, a group of MPs has warned.
High street shops are struggling to cope, as online shopping becomes increasingly popular. Many shops have had to close and the spaces are often left empty for months. Stores such as House of Fraser, Toys R Us and Poundworld have all recently disappeared due to money troubles.
The MPs are urging the Government to take action now before our city centres find themselves with no shops at all.
The group wants to raise taxes for online companies such as Amazon, lower the cost of renting or buying shop space on the high street and give more money to town centres to improve their facilities.
The MPs argue that if taxes were raised for online companies, the extra money made could be used to help high street stores to thrive once more.
High streets minister Jake Berry said the Government had unveiled a £675m plan to boost high streets at the last budget.