Council chiefs urge businesses to apply for business rates relief schemes

BOSSES of restaurants, cafes, galleries and post offices are being urged to apply for a business rates relief scheme.

The Welsh Government has extended its high street rate relief scheme into a third year, and said eligible businesses don’t actually have to be located on high streets this time round.

Carmarthenshire Council’s executive board was told that businesses could get relief of up to £2,500 as long as they met criteria including a property with a rateable value of between £6,001 and £50,000.

There are dozens of business types which can apply, but the Welsh Government has also listed several non-eligible types, including hotels, nurseries and gyms.

The relief scheme won’t cost Carmarthenshire Council as it is fully funded by Cardiff Bay.

The Welsh Government also has a separate transitional rate relief scheme in force after a nationwide revaluation of rates, which came into effect two years ago.

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Councillor David Jenkins, executive board member for resources, said: “The effect (of the revaluation) was mixed. Some areas, like Llanelli town centre benefited.

“Other ratepayers saw significant increases.”

Deputy leader Mair Stephens said everyone concerned should be “very, very grateful for” the two relief schemes.

“There are many businesses, not necessarily on the high street, who might be able to benefit,” she said.

“I wholeheartedly urge them to take advantage of it. I think it’s brilliant.”

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