Wales’ towns and villages are the beating heart of local economies on which many jobs and the social fabric of our society depends.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Candidate Andrew Parkhurst says, “Covid has hit retail and hospitality disproportionately hard, and many of our high streets need urgent life support to survive.

“From talking to local businesses it is clear that business rates are unfair and hinder innovation and enterprise, and place an unfair burden particularly on smaller businesses.

“An immediate first step must be to extend the current business rates holiday into the 2021-2022 financial year.

“After that, business rates should be frozen until they are replaced with a fairer system that incentivises investment rather than penalises entrepreneurship.

“To reduce the number of empty commercial premises and to increase footfall, Welsh Lib Dems will speed up the planning process to repurpose use of vacant properties.

“We will also create a substantial Welsh Towns Fund so our high streets can evolve and thrive post-Covid into attractive retail and leisure destinations with top-class digital connectivity.”  

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