Proposals to limit charity shop rate relief

A review of business rates in Wales commissioned by the Welsh Government has recommended significant limits on rate relief for charity shops. Published this week, the review recommendations include consideration be given to:

  •   Limiting rate relief to 50% for larger charity shops trading in new goods.
  •   Limit the number of retail units eligible for charity relief in a given town centre OR limit to only one per charity in a given area.

See Civil Society Media news item at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/14953/.

The proposals are out for consultation until 19th June – download ‘Business Rate Relief for Charities, Social Enterprises and Credit Unions – Recommendations from an independent report to the Welsh Government’ (pdf, 229KB) from http://wales.gov.uk/docs/det/consultation/130423brrcharityconsultationen.pdf.