4 million rates written off in Mid-Ulster area.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

COOKSTOWN UUP Cllr Trevor Wilson revealed today that just under 75 million of rates debt has been written off over the last three years.

In Mid-Ulster, the figure written off totalled almost 4 million.

Stated Cllr Wilson: "These figures are alarming and will be frustrating for the vast majority of households and businesses across Mid-Ulster and Northern Ireland who faithfully pay their rates in full every year.

"This lost money represents lost services by local and central government. If so much hadn't been written off, some of it could have even been used to reduce the rates burden being felt by local households and small businesses, something which the UUP is particularly concerned about.

The greater proportion of people paying rates, the smaller the amount that everyone will have to contribute. " Continued Cllr Wilson: "A proportion of the 75m was due to be transferred to Northern Ireland's central public funds.

With the pressures growing by the day in our hospitals and schools, we can't afford to be losing so much money every year. I believe debt insolvency is the biggest factor in these unrecovered rates.

"With NI consistently losing so much every year it's about time the Land and Property Services developed new means of trying to recover this money and tell the ratepayers what steps they had taken in a effort to recover this debt.

"It is disappointing that as we sit down to strike the rates for the Mid-Ulster Council area that almost 4 million has been written off in the District."


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