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An extension has been made to the rates holiday for a further 12 months for 29,000 businesses at a cost of £230 million.

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy made the announcement today. The Minister said: “This £230 million package will provide continued support for businesses dealing with the impacts of the pandemic. Recognising that the months ahead will continue to be hugely challenging, extending the 12 months rates holiday in the hardest hit sectors will protect jobs. 

Today's announced rates holiday extension should help local businesses to get back on their feet after the pandemic. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Today's announced rates holiday extension should help local businesses to get back on their feet after the pandemic. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

“This package goes well beyond what has been announced in England and demonstrates the Executive’s commitment to providing certainty and support for businesses. It also protects councils’ rate income as the Executive will cover the full cost of the rates holiday.

“Today’s announcement means the additional rates support provided to businesses over two years amounts to more than half a billion pounds. To further support businesses, the Executive has also chosen to freeze the regional rate for businesses for the second year in a row.” 

Businesses in the following sectors will pay no rates in 2021-22 for the second year running:

  • Airports (Belfast City, Belfast International and City of Derry);
  • Childcare;
  • Hospitality, tourism and leisure;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Newspaper production
  • Retail (excluding larger food stores and off-licences).
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