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Business rates – High Street and retail rate relief scheme

Published: 14/03/2019

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet has adopted the Welsh Government’s High Street Rates Relief scheme for 2019/20 which will provide additional business rate relief to eligible retailers over the next year.

This welcome packing of additional funding from Welsh Government - £23.6m across Wales - continues and expands the High Street Rates Relief Scheme to eligible ratepayers for 2019-20. This will benefit local businesses by affording more of them a larger percentage of rate relief.

The enhanced scheme, fully funded by Welsh Government, will provide up to £2,500 towards business rates bills for retail properties with a rateable value of up to £50,000.  The scope has also been extended to provide relief to all retailers operating across the County, including for the first time, retail parks, out-of-town shopping centres and industrial estates.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Assets, Councillor Billy Mullin, said:

“We are very pleased to be able to provide this support to help meet the needs of local shops, restaurants, cafes and licensed premises. The Council works in partnership with Welsh Government to offer these savings, which help boost our local economy.

“This scheme goes significantly further than the 2018/19 scheme which primarily focused on providing targeted rate relief of up to £750 to retailers who operated in town centres.  Some businesses will now be eligible for an additional £1,750 of rate relief which equates to a 233% increase in relief in certain cases.”

Eligible businesses will be able to apply online on the Council’s website.

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