Nearly a fifth of Wales' charity shops could close, group says


Nearly a fifth of Wales' charity shops could close if the Welsh government implements proposed changes to business rate relief, a charities group says.

The Charity Retail Association has told an "emergency summit" that it could cost charities millions of pounds in lost profit as well as employment and volunteering opportunities.

Proposals include changing the mandatory relief rate from 80% to 50% and a sliding scale of charges. A consultation ends later this month.

James Williams reports.

Fifth of charity shops 'could close'

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