Pembrokeshire cabinet recommends doubling of tax premium for second homes
Pembrokeshire Cabinet members have recommended increasing the second homes council tax premium to 100% at a meeting today.
The move means that the tax premium on second homes in the county could double from 50% to 100% from April next year. The final decision will be taken by Full Council on October 14th.
The Cabinet also supported a request to retain a 100% premium on long-term empty homes taxes.
The move comes aftre the county increased the council tax premium by 50% on second homes and up to 100% on empty homes in 2017. They currently have the second highest rate of second or empty homes and long term empty homes in Wales, after Gwynedd.
Councillor Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Following our public consultation, Cabinet met this morning, October 4 and I proposed to recommend a 50 per cent increase in the second home surcharge to full Council, which was agreed.
“While people from elsewhere in the UK find it relatively easy to afford property in Pembrokeshire, it is much more difficult for those living and earning locally,” he told the Tenby Observer.
“A high proportion of second homes in a community also poses a threat to the viability of local schools and opportunities to nurture and grow the Welsh language.”
The consultation was launched in April following concerns that the number of second homes in the county were pricing locals out of the area.
Two months later a Notice of Motion was put forward by Labour councillors to increase the second home council tax premium to 100 per cent this financial year but that wasn’t adopted.
There are currently 3,641 homes subject to the second homes council tax premium of 50 per cent – which is to be spent on housing and the Enhancing Pembrokeshire grants scheme – and raising it to 100 per cent would generate an additional £2.3million, according to the council.