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24 May 2020

Government announces £50m fund for councils in England to prepare for reopening of high streets and other retail spaces

Introduced by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Targeted at

Councils in England


Announced and initial guidance published on 24 May 2020, 'will be ready to spend from 1 June'

Stated aims

To introduce a range of safety measures, 'kick-start' local economies, and enable people to return to work and to shops


This is the announcement of a £50m Reopening High Streets Safely Fund to prepare for the reopening of non-essential retail. The money comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It will support safety and other practical measures – eg new signs, street markings, temporary barriers – to help businesses get ready for trading in high streets and town and city centres, and other public spaces (eg beachfronts). Councils can also use the money for local marketing campaigns. Funds will be allocated on a per capita basis.


Gov.uk press release

Gov.uk guidance