Concerns have been raised that the Government is neglecting the future of UK towns after high street minister Mark Prisk was sacked from his role yesterday.
Prisk had been tasked with chairing the Future High Street Forum, which was set up six months ago in response to Mary Portas’ review of the high street. The Independent reported that Prisk’s departure could call into question the future of the group as it has not yet been announced who will replace him.
Prisk confirmed his depature on Twitter last night. He tweeted: “Been asked to step aside from Housing for a younger generation. Disappointing but it’s been a great eleven years on frontbencher.”
The paper reported that members of the Future High Street Forum criticised Prisk’s sacking. One said: “To take Prisk away so quickly is just ridiculous. We all put in a lot of time into this, and to see that continuity destroyed so quickly is really frustrating. I think there are a lot of questions that need answering.”
Another member said the move seemed “a bit headless”. They added: “The Government are all talk and no trousers on this issue. How can they say they want to solve the problems, but change the people so soon after we’ve started.”