HIGH street retailers in North Staffordshire facing an uncertain future after two months in lockdown are being given a helpful cash injection by Government.
The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund is to give local authorities a share of £50m in a bid to get shops open and people back to work after two months in the wilderness.
The announcement by High Streets Minister Simon Clarke yesterday (May 24) will support practical measures so businesses can reopen quickly when given the go-ahead as restrictions are gradually eased.
The cash will support a range of practical safety measures including new signs, street markings and temporary barriers.
It is the government’s ambition to reopen non-essential retail in a phased way from June 1.
The Staffordshire Moorlands is set to receive £87,090. Neighbouring Stoke-on-Trent will receive £227,484 and Newcastle-under-Lyme £115,378.
Simon Clarke said: "As we begin to slowly return to normality, the re-opening our high streets will be key to kick-starting our economic recovery.
"Levelling up the regions and supporting our high streets has always been central to the mission of this government.
"Many businesses have already introduced creative ways of trading such as contactless collection or taking orders by instant messaging and shows that they are ready for the challenges ahead.
"That’s why we are providing an extra £50 million for councils to support a range of safety measures that will help get these businesses back on track and ensure that people can enjoy their time visiting their local high street safely again."
Pictured: Leek town centre.