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William Powell AM welcomes Welsh Government’s extension to small rural businesses Rate Relief Scheme

January 15, 2013 5:29 PM

William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Rural Affairs, has today welcomed the announcement by the Welsh Government of its intention to extended the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme into 2013-14 which presently has a substantial effect on small businesses in rural Wales.

William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, said:

"This is good news for small businesses in rural Wales. At a time when many businesses are struggling, the government needs to do all it can to help, especially with small firms who often provide important local services.

It's worth remembering that this extension is only possible because of the knock on effects of the UK Government doing the same in England.

While this announcement is, of course, welcome, it is far from an ideal long-term solution. The Welsh Liberal Democrats would like to see the Welsh Government implement more of the recommendations in Professor Brian Morgan's report published last May so that Wales has a fairer Business Rates Relief Scheme overall. In particular, I'd like be very keen to see further progress on the issue of revaluations, which have hit Welsh businesses hard."