Plea not to help charity shops in Wales
PROPOSALS to cut business rate relief for charity shops in Wales are flawed and will lead to job losses and empty shops.
That's the warning from Age Cymru — Wales's largest and leading charity for older people.
It comes ahead of an announcement today by Business Minister Edwina Hart on reducing business rate relief for charity shops from 80 per cent to 50 per cent.
Richard Nicholls, Age Cymru's Director of Income Resources said: "Age Cymru is deeply concerned by proposals made to the Welsh Government in the report Business Rates Wales Review: Incentivising Growth.
"It recommends cutting business rate relief for charity shops from 80 per cent to 50 per cent, which it is estimated may see the closure of as many as a third of charity shops in Wales.
"This will lead to job cuts, volunteering opportunities will be gone and we'll have even more empty shop units on high streets.
"The proposals could also mean a loss of services that are offered by charities such as Age Cymru's Information and Advice service, because of a loss of revenue."