The Government’s business rates multiplier came into force on 1 April. Despite the extension of the High Street Rates Relief Scheme for 2019/20 to support high street businesses, more needs to be done to make the business rates system is fairer for pubs.
CAMRA is, therefore, calling on Welsh Ministers to introduce a permanent pub-specific rate relief to prevent the avoidable loss of community pubs.
CAMRA Director for Wales 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 schemes like the High Street Rate Relief offer some support for pubs in Wales, it is 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.”