John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star


This is a very real bombshell for Sheffield, even though, for many years, well before COVID-19 I did think how are John Lewis able to keep this store open. For when I did go in there were virtually no customers. But it did appear to survive, but that survival is no more.

With John Lewis going, on top of Debenhams, even though I did not care for Debenhams, but many more people did, I can’t see what is left in Sheffield City Centre, except Marks and Spencer. However, one substantial store does not make a successful city centre. This does not say that there are not many smaller shops within the City Centre, but a few big named stores are essential to pull in visitors. A few years the City Council said that Primark was a lead store in The Moor development, but while many do like Primark, this store is nowhere to be placed in the league of John Lewis, let alone Marks and Spencer.

A very sad day for all the Partners in John Lewis and my thoughts are with you all, but where does it lead for the finances through Business Rates for Sheffield City Council?

Without any further delay the current Tory Government needs to repay all that was withdrawn from the Government Grants to Sheffield due to 10 years of Austerity Cuts, let alone the additional costs related to COVID-19, which the Government promised to cover. It has covered some of the costs, but not all.

Sheffield is not alone in this financial disaster, but Sheffield is my home and therefore the one Council I feel most about.

 

Source: John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star

With no certainty over retail’s future, are John Lewis staff now being undersold? | Retail industry | The Guardian


Is this the final ending of the High Street as we have known it.

Store after store with many retailers has been ongoing for many years,  https://www.gov.uk/introduction-to-business-rates but COVID appears to have increased the process.

Many customers, myself included are now only shopping on the internet.

This coupled with the closing of stores is decimating many high street and this is not good, especially those who have no wish to  do not wish to use the internet or have no opportunities to do so.

But it is not just customers who are affected, for Local Authorities, (LAs), rely on businesses for some of their income through Business Rates. This is coupled with the Government Grants, Council Tax, etc. The LAs need income to pay for the various council services we all experience. With less income and this income from Government Grants has been reducing for the past 11 years through the Governments Austerity Cuts. Even though this Government has stated they will not be continuing the austerity cuts, they are not increasing the Grants to offset all the reductions. Then we have the costs related to COVID and Yes, some of this has been reimbursed by the Government. but not all.

Many of the Council services are essential and even though some people think not Social Care is one.

Social Care is a vital service for those who are in need of care and their families, who have and are still going all they can to provide much of the care needed. Currently family carers are providing over £130 billion in Social Care, so without family carers the costs to LAs would be very much more. But family carers are not able to provide more and without Council Social Care input their vulnerable relatives will suffer in many areas of live we all take for granted, the right to live a reasonable life.

The promised White Paper on Social Care, which has been promised for many years, has still not been published, it was urgently required at least 10 years ago, so now the situation in social care is exceedingly worrying. My own worry is, will Social Care be able to last until the Government, not only, publishes the White Paper, but enacts the measures, urgently required.

Without these measures deaths will occur and maybe in excess of those related to COVID-19.

So please support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Source: With no certainty over retail’s future, are John Lewis staff now being undersold? | Retail industry | The Guardian