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Saving Charity Shops

This is an article for Seaside News

A few weeks ago I visited one of the British Heart Foundation Cymru's Furniture & Electrical store to learn more about how proposed changes to business rates will lead to a loss of income for the charity and more empty shops on high streets across Wales.

A recent report commissioned by Welsh Government Business and Enterprise Minister calls for cuts to the rate relief given to charity shops in Wales. British Heart Foundation Cymru shop staff and volunteers told me that those changes would mean substantial hikes in business rates and threaten their shop's survival.

Donated goods such as sofas and fridges to these Furniture and Electrical stores are the lifeblood of the fight against heart disease. Donations to Swansea shop for example, have recently helped provide 3 specialist heart nurses, an Echocardigraph machine at Morriston Hospital, and 67 life-saving defibrillator machines to help in the fight against heart disease

My concern is these proposals could have a devastating effect on this work and lead to more empty shop units on our high streets. I understand 130 paid jobs and 1800 volunteer posts could be lost across Wales. There will also be less money for good causes.

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