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IRC presents position on the introduction of an Online Sales Tax (OST)

19 May 2022

Our research found agreement that a minimum OST threshold could help to rebalance the burden of tax across the industry, generate revenue to reduce business rates for smaller businesses,... Read more…

UK government leads global transport transformation as it takes over ITF presidency in Germany

19 May 2022

In a ceremony held in Leipzig, Germany, the largest gathering of transport ministers in the world will see current president, Morocco, hand over the reins to UK Transport Secretary Grant... Read more…

National Living Wage Review published

19 May 2022

The Low Pay Commission has now published its review of the National Living Wage from 2015-2020.
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Local Bike Shop Day 2022 celebrated by record number of retailers, orgs and shoppers!

12 May 2022

Local Bike Shop Day 2022 was a great success across the UK, with online platforms thriving as well as a surge in the physical footfall seen in-stores!
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Latest #BikeIsBest campaign launched: We Can, You Can

12 May 2022

We Can, You Can is a celebration of the many faces of cycling. The way we move is changing. And the people leading the change are like me and you. We can, you can.
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How the Queen’s Speech affects independent shops

10 May 2022

The speech sets out the government’s agenda for the upcoming Parliament, outlining proposed policies and legislation. An overview of the main announcements relevant to independent shops is... Read more…

How are bike shops across the nation celebrating Local Bike Shop Day 2022?

26 Apr 2022

The annual celebration of bike shops across the nation is fast approaching! Be sure to pop down to your local bike shop this Saturday to get a taste of the passion, knowledge and personalised... Read more…

Spend with Cyclescheme on Local Bike Shop Day and win a £250 voucher!

21 Apr 2022

On Local Bike Shop Day 4 lucky customers that purchase a bike through Cyclescheme will be awarded a £250 cycling voucher for the store they collect the bike from! In addition to offering a... Read more…

1 day to go! Attending the Cycle Show? Learn technical tips with Cytech experts, save £50 off Theory one & win!

21 Apr 2022

Cytech are attending the Cycle Show and will be demonstrating key practices in bike maintenance that are useful for both the trade and public. Alongside the show we're offering... Read more…

Scottish businesses: Complete the Government Covid-19 response survey and attend workshops

21 Apr 2022

The Scottish Government retail division are looking for input with regards to the recent adaptations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Levelling Up plan to spread opportunity and prosperity throughout the country

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Political News

The Houses of Parliament, budget 2020Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has published its Levelling Up White Paper, setting out the government's plans to spread opportunity and prosperity throughout the country.

The White Paper details twelve ‘key missions' to be achieved by 2030. These include:

  • Every part of England that wants one will have a devolution deal.
  • Reducing serious violence and neighbourhood crime particularly within the worst-affected areas.
  • Raising pride in place, including people's satisfaction with their town centre and community engagement.
  • Improving pay, employment and productivity across the UK.
  • Raising skills in the labour market, including 80,000 more people completing entry-level courses, guided by new Local Skills Improvement Plans.
  • Rolling out nationwide gigabit-capable broadband and 4G coverage, with 5G coverage for the majority of the population.
  • Improving wellbeing across the country and reducing gaps within regions.

The missions will be set in law by a forthcoming Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, which will also require the government to publish annual progress reports to be scrutinised in part by a new Levelling Up Advisory Council. The Bill is expected to be announced at the next Queen's Speech in May.

The White Paper itself includes underlying policy plans to:

  • Implement the £96bn Integrated Rail Plan, improving the rail network in the North and Midlands, and invest £24bn in our busiest roads and motorways, £5.7bn in City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements and £5bn for buses, cycling and walking networks.
  • Announce 68 more local authorities to be supported by the High Streets Task Force to invest in their town centres.
  • Require landlords of empty shops to fill them if they have been left vacant for too long.
  • Introduce an In-Work Progression Offer to help people on low incomes address barriers to better employment opportunities, building on the National Disability Strategy.
  • Publish a second report on rural proofing in the Spring to ensure rural circumstances are considered during policy development.
  • £50m annually through the Safer Streets Fund to tackle anti-social behaviour.
 

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