- Revisit the thorny and universally hated empty property tax
- Consider ways to alleviate the rates burden on retailers
- Support development through the introduction of mechanisms that will deliver new retail development and with it construction and other related jobs, along with growth opportunities for those retailers who are in a position to expand.
Taking forward some, or all, of these measures would provide a much-needed boost for the retail sector which is so crucial to the performance of the economy as a whole.
Government insists the weather is to blame for the latest poor figures. Undoubtedly it played a part, but that mustn't be seen as the scapegoat for poor economic performance. If it is, there will be further stormy times ahead.