Plaid urges firms to have their say on rates


Plaid’s Simon Thomas has urged local firms to have their say on rates.

The Welsh independent task and finish group reviewing business rates policy is interested to hear from individuals or organisations about their experiences.

Mid and West Regional AM Simon Thomas said: “I would urge local firms and individuals to contribute to the independent task and finish group looking at business rates policy.

“When it comes to doing business, Plaid understands that helping our small and medium sized firms now, particularly at the difficult period for trading immediately after Christmas. This is why Plaid in government ensured that around half of small businesses shouldn’t pay business rates at all while many others had their significantly reduced. We know that our businesses are worried that under Labour this scheme will be scrapped. Plaid is pressing hard for business rate relief not only to be continued but to be extended to more firms over the next few years.

“The Welsh Government should take in account the crime-prevention measures and environmentally beneficial changes taken by small businesses from the rates they have to pay. There also needs to be awareness when it comes to rates of the seasonable aspect of some businesses, particularly those in the tourism trade. Assessments must be undertaken fairly to provide a level playing field for small businesses, rather than favouring the larger out-of –town developments as they do at present. Plaid wants to support our town centres not choke them out of existence.”

Submissions to the review need to be made by 27 January 2012, either by email to or by post to:

Business Rates Review Group

C/o Strategy and DGOT

QED Centre,

Main Avenue

Treforest Estate


CF37 5YR.