Sir Benfro considers increasing council tax premium on second homes


Second home (Image: Gwalia)

Cyngor Sir Benfro is considering an increase in the council tax premium charged on second homes in the county.


Second homes in the local authority are currently subject to a 50% premium.


Four options will be under consideration as part of the review.


Option one would see a reduction in the premium to 25%. Option two would see the continuation of the 50% premium currently charged. Option three would see the premium increased to 75%, and option four would see it increased to 100%.


Cyngor Sir Benfro say that "reducing the number of second and long-term empty homes in the county is seen as desirable".


Compulsory purchase of second homes


Recently, Cllr Michael Williams a councillor for Gogledd Dinbych-y-pysgod in Sir Benfro,

called for the compulsory purchase of second homes.


Cllr Williams said that while he applauded a report carried out by Dr Simon Brooks on the second homes crisis he believes that its recommendations don't go "anywhere near far enough" and that they will "not reverse the current situation."


Williams also said that the lack of affordable housing in the area was "chronic" and that as a result young people had been priced out of their communities.


He said that without "what might be perceived as quite drastic action" the community will "become unrecognizable"— if it continues to exist at all.


Williams also said that the "social, cultural and economic life" of the county was being eroded by an "influx of individuals who know nothing of our history, who move here because they say they love the area and within very few years campaign to change our basic values."

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