Retailers are urging the Government to launch a 'Shop Out to Help Out' scheme in summer to boost struggling independent stores after lockdown rules are eased.
Save the Street, a campaign group backed by retail expert Mary Portas and beauty entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury, is calling for a scheme similar to the Eat Out to Help Out programme, which saw customers flood restaurants when Covid restrictions were lifted last August.
Shop Out to Help Out would give customers 50 per cent off the price of goods from independent retailers up to a total of £10 from Mondays to Wednesdays for a month.
The cost would be paid by the Government from levying a sales tax on web retailers.
Miss Portas said: 'We need to act now and harness the support, need and love that people have for our high streets.'
Save the Street said to pay for the scheme Treasury officials could levy a sales …