Support for UK high streets

Westminster Hall debate
Janet Daby MP

High street in Leeds

On 19 October, Janet Daby MP is leading a Westminster Hall debate on support for UK high streets.

To inform her debate, she asked to hear about your experiences and ideas.

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The transcript will be available shortly after.

Janet Daby MP thanked those who completed the survey:

"Thank you so much to everyone who shared their experiences of their high streets and ideas of how we can improve them.
"It’s been helpful and insightful to read through your responses ahead of my debate.
"You’ll be able to watch the debate on this page from 19 October – I hope you’re able to watch."
Janet Daby MP

Introducing the debate, she gave the following statement:

"The covid-19 pandemic has brought some of the biggest challenges to our high streets since the 2008 recession.
"Many small business owners have had to close their doors for extended periods, and have seen their livelihoods diminish. There are workers who have faced reductions to their income, and consumers who have missed some of their favourite spots.
"High streets can be the pride of local communities – or they can be a source of shame if they decline.
"Do you have experiences of a struggling high street, and ideas of how we can restore vibrancy? I want to hear from you"
Janet Daby MP

For related trends and discussions on this topic, see the House of Commons Library briefings:

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How to watch the debate:

Links to watch the debate and read the transcript will be added to this page as soon as they are available from 19 October.

What is a Westminster Hall Debate?

Westminster Hall debates take place in the Grand Committee Room in the House of Commons.

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In these exercises, members of the public who have signed relevant petitions are invited to share their experiences and ideas.

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