Charity shops summit

They're a common sight on our high streets. But charity shops say they're under threat because of a planned change to business rates in Wales.

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Welsh business rates plan 'could harm charity shops'

A fifth of Wales' charity shops could disappear from our high streets if new Welsh Government plans to change rates relief go through. The warning comes from the Charity Retail Association, who held an emergency summit with ministers today.

At the moment, shops get an 80% discount on their rates - a discount which could be lowered to just half or less.

With charity shops currently taking up a large part of our struggling high streets too, there are also fears that it could leave even more shops empty in our towns and cities.

David Wood has been listening to the arguments.

Charity shops voice fears over proposed business rates changes

They're a common sight on our high streets. But charity shops say they're under threat because of a planned change to business rates in Wales.

An emergency summit is being held over an independent review which says charity shops can have a negative effect on other businesses.

What charity shops are doing is taking the opportunity of filling the shops that would otherwise be empty" says Warren Alexander, from the Charity Retail Association.

'All the recommendations in this report are going to do is going to result in more boarded-up shops on Welsh high streets".

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