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Business rates relief for charities- call for evidence

The impact of business rates relief for charities in Wales is the subject of a new call for evidence issued by Professor Brian Morgan, chair of the independent panel that produced a review into business rates for the Welsh Government earlier this year.
Wednesday 21 November 2012

Professor Morgan, from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Juliet Luporini, from Swansea Business Improvement District, have been requested by Business Minister Edwina Hart to examine the issue of business rates relief for charities, as well as social enterprises and credit unions.

Launching the exercise, Prof Morgan said:

"We will be  focusing in particular on whether the relief available to charities should be limited in certain circumstances and will also examine whether social enterprises and credit unions could meaningfully benefit from reliefs.

"This area has created significant interest and we want to hear the views of all interested parties in order to help inform the response that will be given to the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science in the New Year.

"We also intend to provide a further opportunity for consultation and bring charities and business together to discuss these issues before submitting a response to the Minister and details of that event will be published in due course."

Responses are invited by email or by post. The deadline is Wednesday 19 December 2012.

Views on the following areas are being sought:

  • The levels of relief that are currently available to charities across all the types of non-domestic premises they occupy.
  • Whether the relief available to charities should be changed and the impact that this might have based on the available evidence
  • Whether relief, or further relief, should be offered to social enterprises and credit unions as an incentive to support their work
  • Any other evidence or examples that you think are relevant.

Responses can be sent by e-mail: or by post to:

David Warren
Welsh Government
Department for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, Welsh Government 
QED Centre
Main Avenue
Trefforest Estate
Pontypridd CF37 5YR  



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