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Welcome for Executive’s Review of Domestic Rating - Mitchel McLaughlin MLA

27 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has welcomed the publication of the Executive's Review of Domestic Rates.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"I welcome the proposals contained in the Executive's Domestic Rates Review and believe that they go a long way towards addressing the concerns of the most vulnerable. Although I would have liked to see the 20% single pensioner discount for those ratepayers over 70 and living alone apply to all pensioners this is a step in the right direction.

"I particularly welcome the intention to instigate a wide ranging campaign involving the voluntary and community sector that will help ensure that those entitled to rates relief are aware of their entitlements and able to access it with the minimum of red tape.

"I believe that the proposal to rate empty homes will assist in curtailing the ability of speculators to manipulate house prices by withholding housing stock in order to inflate prices and it will go some way to addressing the housing shortage." ENDS

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