85% rates rise in seven years

The normalisation of politics arrives at last, with a big fat rates rise of 19%, delivered courtesy of Peter Hain. Jeff Rooker explained that it came with a rise in certain expenditures:

“We have announced a substantial investment strategy for Northern Ireland, we have launched new funds for Children and Young People, Skills and Science, and Environment and Renewable Energy and we have just announced increased funding for new drugs used in the treatment of cancer. All these are worthy and need to be properly funded. At the same time we have ensured that those households on low incomes are protected and almost 175,000 households receive help with their rates and 20% of all households do not have to pay any rates at all.”