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Pembrokeshire approves doubling council tax premium on second homes

14 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Town centre at Pembroke in Pembrokeshire. Picture by Russ Hamer (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Katy Jenkins, local democracy reporter

The final sign off to double council tax on second homes has been given by Pembrokeshire’s full council.

There were only eight votes against proposals to increase the premiums on second home council tax to 100 per cent with the potential for an extra £2.3million to be raised for affordable house building and community grants.

At its meeting on Thursday (October 14) councillors discussed recommendations from cabinet to not only increase the premium from April 2022 but to also split the money collected 75/25 between affordable home development, particularly in areas affected by second home ownership, and the enhancing Pembrokeshire fund.

It was also agreed that the long term empty homes property tax premiums remain the same but that the money raised is used to bring many more empty homes back into occupation by working with the owners and that work should commence without delay.

A number of concerns were raised by councillors including those caught out by the tax by accommodation they don’t class as a second home, whether it would simply cause people to switch to business rates and how this would impact the amount of money raised.

Cllr Bob Kilmister, cabinet member for finance, and Cllr Michelle Bateman, cabinet member for housing, emphasised that the tax rise was the only “tool” the council had to try to combat housing issues but it was hoped that Welsh Government is also seeking solutions.

Cllr Kilmister said it Welsh Government would pay the average Welsh council tax for that property – more than Pembrokeshire council tax but less than the premium – for houses transferred to business use.

He added that the enhancing Pembrokeshire grants had done a lot of good in communities impacted by second home ownership, following questions about whether it fits its brief from Cllr Jacob Williams.

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j humphrys
j humphrys
9 days ago

Good.
And have a look at Berlin’s stance on Landlords, as many “second homes” are for rent?

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
9 days ago

Excellent, good work Pembrokeshire. This needs to be an example to the whole of Cymru.

Sue jones davies
Sue jones davies
9 days ago

This is just the start.There is a long way to go to make our housing situation fit for purpose.
But Diolch yn fawr Sir Benfro

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
8 days ago

Now lets aim to triple it.

Grayham Jones
8 days ago

100 percent taxes on all second homes 🏠 in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
8 days ago

Good, it’s a start.

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