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Belfast City Council rates rise below 2% for seventh year

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Date: 01 Mar 2021

Belfast City Hall

Members of Belfast City Council have struck the district rate for 2021/22, keeping the increase below 2% for the seventh consecutive year.

The district rate increase will be 1.92% (down from 1.99% in 2020/21).

In real terms, this means an average increase of less than £1 per month for domestic ratepayers; and around £11 extra per month on average for businesses.

Councillor Christina Black, chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to keep the rates increase below 2% for the seventh consecutive year, and also that the increase is less than last year.

“It has been an exceptionally challenging and unprecedented year with the ongoing pandemic and the impact that has had on our city and business community; but I am pleased that despite these challenges, we have delivered cash savings of £1.2 million without impacting our frontline service delivery – something which has been crucial to our ratepayers throughout the ongoing pandemic.

“It’s important that we strike a balance between supporting communities, businesses and our most vulnerable as we look ahead to the city’s recovery post-Covid, and forge ahead with investing in local communities and improving our services.

“Our roadmap to recovery sets out a wide range of practical support that Council will deliver on – across our services, our communities, and on environment and digital innovation. We are also committed to making further efficiency savings in the next year.”

Belfast City Council has already delivered:

  • £300m investment in council facilities including £105m in new leisure centres
  • £9m Local Investment Fund
  • £28.2m Belfast Investment Fund
  • £4m Social Outcomes Fund
  • £18.77m City Centre Investment Fund
  • £8m Neighbourhood Regeneration Fund
  • £850m Belfast Region City Deal including £100m for the Belfast Destination Hub
  • Additional £500,000 for alleygating schemes across the city

Councillor Black added: “While, as councillors, we will never rest on our laurels, I think we can be very proud of what we have delivered on, and what we will continue to deliver on for our city and its ratepayers.

“We will also be looking at how we prioritise funding for inclusive growth opportunities and climate resilience.”

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