Giving Something Back Report

We had a successful launch in the Welsh Assembly of the research, 10 December 2013.

Jeff Cuthbert (Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty) spoke at this event which was well attended by Welsh Assembly Members and hosted by Eluned Parrott AM, a member of the report’s advisory board.

Welsh rates relief

We are pleased that the Welsh Government has decided not to make any immediate changes to rate relief, but it is deeply regrettable that they have not taken this opportunity to throw out the Task and Finish Group proposals on restricting rate relief completely.  This leaves charities with a huge amount of uncertainty when planning for the future and could damage the high street.

We accept the Minister’s proposals on monitoring the sale of new goods in charity shop, which the Task & Finish Group’s report acknowledged make up only 4.4% of charity shop sales on average.

We support charity shops becoming involved in Business Improvement Districts; we shall explore how best to help our members so they can play an important and meaningful role in these schemes.

It is disappointing for the Minister to mention Tax Avoidance in her statement. No evidence has been provided that charity shops are engaged in tax avoidance and that this language is unhelpful.

Warren Alexander, Chief Executive of Charity Retail Association says “We are pleased that vital charity rate relief is not being cut for now and hope that common sense prevails and these proposals are not pursued any further. Any change to rate relief would have an impact on the amazing charitable work that is done, create more empty shops and damage our high street. We look forward to strengthening the relationship between charity retailers and the wider business community.”

If you would like more information about yesterday’s announcement, we have created a policy statement that can be read here.

Policy statement (Welsh version)