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A Labour government will give councils new powers to stop pay day lenders and betting shops swamping high streets, Ed Miliband pledged.
Businesses that do well out of hard times are springing up in place of shops, restaurants and banks but town halls are almost powerless to act, the party leader warned.
He set out Labour proposals to change planning laws so councils could refuse permission for certain businesses, including payday lenders that "engulf" people in debt.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband will today outline five priorities for his party's local election campaign.
- Cancelling the millionaires’ tax cut, and protecting the tax credits.
- Introducing a mansion tax on houses worth over £2million fund a return of 10p income tax rate.
- Reforming the energy market to "break the stranglehold" of the big six energy companies.
- Cracking down on train fare increases.
- Giving council's the power to control the payday loan companies opening up on their high streets.
Labour will give local communities more say over which shops appear on their high streets, Ed Miliband will pledge today at the launch of the party's local election campaign.
In a speech later today, Mr Miliband is expected to say that local councils will be given new powers to prevent certain shops such as payday lenders that "engulf" people in debt and bookmakers opening.
The Labour leader will say: "Too many councils are finding that they don't have the real power to stand up for local people".
"Currently if a bank branch closes down, there's nothing a council can do if a payday loan shop wants to move in and open up in the same place. Even if there's another lender next door. That can't be right."
Local elections will take place on 2 May, in more than 200 local authorities in England and one in Wales.