Small Welsh pubs could see a 25% discount on business rates under new proposals, it has been reported. This change would allow many licensees to regain some of the benefits they used to enjoy before rural business rates were scrapped last April. Last year the Welsh Assembly pulled out of the Rural Rate Relief scheme, where country pubs in settlements of fewer that 3,000 people received 50% discount on business rates where the rateable value was £9,000 or less. The Welsh Assembly is now seeking responses to a consultation paper proposing that Small Business Rate Relief is extended for commercial properties with a rateable value between £2,001 and £6,000 from the current limit of £5,000. At this level of rateable value, 25% is deducted from the total amount of rates payable. The consultation will run until 24 July.