No shift on NIO rates policy…

FINANCE Minister David Hanson was adamant today that the only way rates will be capped is if the Assembly is restored and does it itself. He argues that it would only benefit around 3,000 householders, some of whom are undoubtedly well-off. Will others who are ‘asset rich’ but without an income to match – eg single or widowed pensioners living in a large property they have owned for decades, but which has grown in value because of the housing boom – be the lever to get the parties back into Government? Rather unlikely, I’d say, but combined with other unpopular policies, might there be some cumulative effect on the ‘garden centre Prod’?