Mary Portas accuses coalition of failing high street shops

Retail guru complains that government has been slow to offer support to struggling shopkeepers

Retail guru Mary Portas has criticised the government for being slow to provide funding and guidance for suffering UK high streets in an essay which takes on her critics by highlighting the successes of towns which have followed her guidance.

Two years after the coalition responded to Portas's 2011 review of the high street in which she made a string of recommendations, she writes: "Progress from central government has been far slower than I'd hoped." She also blamed "bumpy starts" at the 27 Portas Pilot towns on "vague supporting processes" and "insufficient guidance from government".

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