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New £9.75m fund to clean high streets

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Communities minister James Brokenshire has annnounced a £9.75m fund to back council’s efforts to clean up town centres.

Every local authority in England is guaranteed a share of the money to spend on equipment and training, ahead of ’National High Street Perfect Day’ in May, a community-led clean-up to get high streets looking their smartest which is planned for this summer.

Councils are allocated a minimum of £2,000 and a maximum of £195,000, weighted to population size . 

In partnership with existing community groups, councils will be able to use the one-off funding to support volunteers by buying litter picking tools and providing training for residents on how to remove graffitti and tackle fly-tipping. 

 National High Streets Perfect Day was first suggested in Sir John Timpson’s High Street Report, compiled by retail industry experts, which called for a community-led approach towards supporting high streets including one day in the year when every high street will look the best they possibly can.

 

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  • whilst mainstream budgets are cut...the government cant stop thinking up headline catching ways to waste money

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  • Can’t help but think that MHCLG has directly employed the characters of the Thick of It to determine their policy

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