Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance and Local Government
Today I am publishing a 6-week technical consultation on the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Property in Common Occupation) (Wales) Regulations 2022 (‘the draft Regulations’).
Between 9 March and 1 June 2022, the Welsh Government consulted on a proposal to make secondary legislation which would clarify the circumstances in which two or more units of property should be treated as one within the non-domestic rates system, in time for the start of the 2023 rating list.
On 24 June 2022, I published a summary of responses to that consultation and announced that regulations would be prepared to implement the proposal as consulted upon.
This technical consultation will run for a period of six weeks and close on 16 September 2022. It asks for views on the clarity of the draft Regulations and for any other comments about them. Following the consultation, the Welsh Government will consider if any changes to the draft Regulations are required, with the aim of making the Regulations in time for their commencement on 1 April 2023.
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Senedd returns I would be happy to do so.