Campaign calls for rethink on business rates in Wales

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Campaign calls for rethink on business rates in Wales

CAMRA wants the Welsh government to rethink its business rates to protect pubs from closure.

The Campaign warns that the newly announced reduction in assistance with business rates could lead to more pubs being lost as community hubs.

Responding to the publication of the Welsh government’s draft 2024/25 Budget, which sees a reduction in help with business rates for pubs and other hospitality businesses from 75 to 40 per cent from April 2024, CAMRA Wales director Chris Charters said: “Pub-goers will be disappointed to see support for business rates bills for pubs, social clubs and breweries being cut – despite money from the UK government to keep the discount at 75 per cent.

“Our locals are at the heart of life across Wales, bringing communities together, helping to tackle loneliness and providing a safe social space to enjoy a drink with friends and family. They deserve help so they can survive and thrive in the months and years ahead. 

“That’s why I am urging the Welsh government to think again and keep the business rates discount at 75 per cent as it is in England.

“At a time when customers are tightening their belts and businesses are grappling with rising costs, this help is desperately needed if we are to avoid more pubs, clubs and breweries being lost for good to communities across the country.”

Pictured: Campaign wants more business rates help for Welsh pubs like the Golden Cross, Cardiff (Michael Slaughter LRPS)

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