PRESS RELEASE High Street Task Force announces further 68 local authorities to receive support

Civic societies identified as key groups to receive support to regenerate towns and cities

The High Street Task Force, which was appointed by government in 2019, will provide 68 locations with expert consultancy and training, working directly with local government and facilitating engagement with communities and civic societies.

Each selected local authority will be invited to put forward a high street or centre which can benefit from help to address local challenges and to develop strategies for positive change. The Task Force, which was appointed by government in 2019, will provide these locations with expert consultancy and training, working directly with local government and facilitating engagement with communities and civic societies.

Civic Voice is a member of the High Streets Task Force (HSTF) – a consortium of organisations helping revitalise England’s high streets and town centres by providing training, guidance and data. The support, which will start in each selected location from Summer this year, begins with a visit from High Streets Task Force experts who will consult and collaborate with the local authority, businesses, and community groups, with the aim of unlocking the potential of each place.

In order to target high streets with the greatest need for support, regional indicators of deprivation and inequality have been analysed to produce the list of 68 local authorities noted below. This analysis also takes into account the effect of COVID-19 on high streets.

This new help for places continues the work of the Task Force, which has already directly supported 84 local authorities across England and provided further online resources that are available to all towns and cities responding to the impact of COVID-19.

Mark Robinson, High Streets Task Force Chair, said:

“Over the last 2 years, the Task Force has witnessed the resilience of high streets and the diversity of their communities. We’ve engaged over 4,000 placemakers so far and I’m delighted we’ll be supporting a further 68 local authorities to consider their own ambitious plans for recovery and long-term growth.”

“We know from our work that high streets thrive when businesses, councils and community champions work together. The Task Force aims to provide that impetus to partnerships and to help them learn quickly from other local success stories.”

Further 68 local authorities to receive support can be located at: https://www.highstreetstaskforce.org.uk/news/task-force-announces-68-local-authorities-to-receive-expert-support/

Commenting on the announcement, Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice, said:

“We know that High Streets and town centres face significant challenges and they need to reinvent themselves if they are to be the thriving heart of communities again, but no one can do this alone, it needs the work of all of us playing a part in revitalising our high streets. We pleased to see that communities and civic societies are specifically named as partners that will be engaged to shape the future of our high streets.”