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Plan to boost UK high streets after Mary Portas report

The government has announced plans to try to revitalise the UK's high streets, after a report by television retail expert Mary Portas.

Ministers are cutting red tape to make it easier for business people to move into empty premises and open so-called pop-up shops.

More than 11% of town centre shops are currently empty across the UK. Critics say the high level of rents and rates are a more serious hurdle than paperwork for new shopkeepers.

Brian Milligan reports.

  • 21 Jul 2012