Lib Dems urge Chancellor to "level the playing field" for small shops over Christmas

The Horsham Liberal Democrats have today called on the Chancellor to “level the playing field” to help small high streets compete with internet giants in the run up to Christmas.

The Liberal Democrats fear local shops hit by decreased footfall during the coronavirus pandemic will continue to struggle and have therefore proposed a new scheme in a similar vein to how the Eat Out to Help Out scheme aided restaurants.

To encourage people to shop local from home to save the high street, the Party wants to see the Government cover the costs of postage and are appealing to Jeremy Quin to back the campaign. 

Liberal Democrat spokesperson, Councillor Matt Allen, Shadow Local Economy and Parking Cabinet member on Horsham District Council said:

“Small businesses in Horsham are worried about their ability to stay afloat over the coming months. For so many, Christmas is their most lucrative time of year but coronavirus restrictions have caused footfall to nosedive.

“When people turn online to do their Christmas shopping, free postage offers from online shopping giants are incredibly tempting. That makes it even tougher for small businesses in Horsham putting our high streets at further risk. Ministers must level the playing field.”

“We know that residents in Horsham want to support local business. The Government should step in to allow them to.”

A survey carried out by the Horsham Liberal Democrats showed that 77% of residents would use local shops more or as much as they did before the Pandemic started.

Write to MP Jeremy Quin to support our appeal.

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