Retail NI and Hospitality Ulster have both welcomed the announcement by the Department of Finance that a comprehensive review of business rates is to be held. The Department of Finance Permanent Secretary Sue Gray made the announcement today at the Retail NI-DWF Local Government conference at Titanic Belfast.
This Review had been a long-time objective of both Retail NI and Hospitality Ulster.
The Chief Executives of Retail NI and Hospitality Ulster Glyn Roberts and Colin Neill said:
“Both our organisations are delighted that the Department of Finance has announced this review into non-domestic rates. We have consistently lobbied for this over a number of years and are pleased that our joint call has been heard.”
“While this is not an end in itself, it is a means to an end. This review provides us with a roadmap for radical change to an antiquated and not fit for purpose system of business rates which is a major burden for our members.”
“In this review we will be outlining significant changes to Rates, including our proposals for a targeted approach to small business rates relief, a revamp of the Rates Hardship fund, green rates rebate for businesses who invest in carbon neutral technology and greater relief for new start businesses.”
“At the last UK Budget, the Chancellor gave independent retailers and hospitality businesses a third off their rate bills in England. We want nothing less than this for our members in Northern Ireland.”