Press Release

Assembly Committee Welcomes Planned Increase In Rates Relief For Carers

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Wednesday, 01 December 2010

Reference: F&P 01/10/11

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Finance and Personnel has welcomed the Finance Minister’s decision to increase rates relief given to carers.

The increase comes after lobbying from the Committee to the Finance and Personnel Minister and will be implemented under the low income rate relief scheme which will be increased by 20% for all carers.

Deputy Committee Chairperson, David McNarry MLA, said: “The Committee welcomes the detailed consideration that the Minister has given to this issue over recent months following representations by this Committee.

“The Minister had previously agreed to consider raising the extra rates relief for pensioner carers, and the Committee is heartened to learn that he has now taken the decision to extend this to all carers, regardless of their age. While the reduction in the rates bills might be modest, it will nonetheless be welcomed by the 2,500 carers who will benefit from this measure.”

Notes to Editors:

he Committee for Finance and Personnel is one of the statutory committees established by the Northern Ireland Assembly on 9 May 2007.

As per paragraph 9 of Strand One of the Belfast Agreement, Statutory Committees have the power to:

  • consider and advise on departmental budgets and annual plans in the context of the overall budget allocation;
  • approve relevant secondary legislation and take the Committee stage of relevant primary legislation;
  • call for persons and papers;
  • initiate inquiries and make reports; and,
  • consider and advise on matters brought to the Committee by its Minister.

Committee Members:

Jennifer McCann (Chairperson) (Sinn Fein) 
David McNarry (Deputy Chairperson) (UUP) 
Dr Stephen Farry ( Alliance) 
Paul Frew (DUP) 
Paul Girvan (DUP) 
Simon Hamilton (DUP) 
Daithí McKay (Sinn Fein) 
Mitchel McLaughlin (Sinn Fein) 
Adrian McQuillan (DUP) 
Declan O’Loan (SDLP) 
Dawn Purvis (PUP)

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