CAMRA welcomed the Welsh government’s decision to continue to help high-street businesses, including pubs, with the cost of business rates.

Finance minister Rebecca Evans (right)announced the Welsh government’s High Street and Retail Rate Relief Scheme will be extended for 2020-21.

Business properties with a rateable value up to £50,000 can receive up to £2,500 towards the cost of business rates under the £24.2 million scheme.

However, the Campaign has called on the Welsh government to go further and set up a support scheme specifically to help for pubs burdened by business rates.

The Campaign wants to see a specific fund to lower bills for pubs, as already operates in England, to help reduce the rate of pub closures.

Wales CAMRA director Chris Charters said: “Pubs are at the heart of local communities across Wales. They act as important social hubs – helping to tackle loneliness and social isolation. Yet many are suffering from unfair business rates which are contributing to well-loved locals being forced to close.

“While any reduction in costs for businesses under the extended High Street and Retail Relief scheme is welcome, moves like this are only a sticking plaster.

“We need a complete review of the business rates system in Wales to help give pubs a fair deal and save them from closure.”

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