Briefing: Older generations to the rescue: the future of the high street

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
January 29, 2018
Kathy Eastwood, LGIU Associate
Issues Covered
  • combatting loneliness
  • economic development
  • Future of the High Street
  • Older people
  • regeneration
  • retail
  • using technology
Economy and Regeneration, Health, public health, adult social care, Housing and Planning, Technology and transformation
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Over the past two decades, Britain’s high streets have been in decline as consumer behaviour has changed and economic pressures are causing retailers to close their shops. Can older generations be one of the key factors in shaping the reinvention of the high street?

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