It also recommended placing an upper rateable value (RV) limit on retail premises eligible for charity relief, introducing tighter qualifying criteria, limiting the number of retail units eligible for charity relief in a given town or area, and making rate reliefs available to social enterprises such as credit unions which are currently not eligible.
The Charity Retail Association was responding to the report on business rate relief for charities, social enterprises and credit unions presented by the Business Rates Task and Finish Group to the Welsh Government last month.
"In addition, this report by the Task and Finish Group simply doesn't have the support of the public in Wales: our petition to the Welsh Assembly had over 22,600 signatures protesting against restricting charity shop rate relief. In contrast, the consultation had only eight responses supporting the proposals."
In the initial version of the consultation document calculations on how the new proposal on rate relief restrictions will work in practice used 100% of the rateable value (RV) of the premises, rather than using the Welsh multiplier (a proportion of RV), which is normally how business rates would be calculated.
This decision on empty rate reliefs for the commercial sector and charities has been made in isolation and will exacerbate the confusion and problems many businesses face.
The decision on empty rate reliefs for the commercial sector and charities will exacerbate the confusion and problems
Property experts last night expressed doubts about the Chancellor's decision to restrict rate relief on empty industrial property and offices and retail space.
Brian Berry, head of UK public policy at the Royal Institution of Chartered Accountants, said: "The Government's decision to restrict rate relief on empty commercial property is concerning.
At the same time we suggested making rate reliefs available to social enterprises, such as credit unions, who currently are not eligible.
But a combination of better targeting of existing rate reliefs and more focused planning decisions could offer a way forward.| Brian Morgan is Professor of Entrepreneurship and director of the Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
EARLIER this month the Western Mail reported that a campaign had been launched by the Charity Retail Association (CRA) against proposed changes in business rate relief for charity shops in Wales.
The first was the increase in rate relief for charities from 50% to 80% in 1990.