Small businesses affected by the recent business rates rises will this week be provided with information on how the Welsh Government’s relief scheme will work, it has been confirmed.
In the Senedd on Tuesday 14th February, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives and South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies urged First Minister Carwyn Jones to bring forward details of the scheme as soon as possible.
In response, Mr Jones confirmed it would be unveiled by the end of this week at the latest.
Mr Davies has been working with local businesses for some time on this issue, and last week raised it in the Assembly with Leader of the House Jane Hutt.
He welcomed the First Minister’s commitment to providing details on how the scheme will operate, saying local traders will need time to prepare.
He also questioned the Welsh Government’s decision to hold back on releasing the information until the Assembly rises for recess, pointing out AMs would not have the opportunity to scrutinise the scheme or question ministers on it.
Mr Davies said, “When the extra £10million in relief was announced, I welcomed it since it is clear many small businesses will need support as a result of the huge increases in rates.
“It has been somewhat frustrating that more information has not so far come forward, since it is vital businesses have full details of how the scheme will operate.
“I have therefore been pressing Ministers on this for some time, and I am pleased the information will now be forthcoming.
“But it is disappointing the announcement will be made on the eve of recess, since it will not give us the opportunity to question ministers on the proposals.
“It is vital we get the scheme right and proper scrutiny is the best way to achieve that.”