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Rates bills to be delayed due to ongoing stalemate at Stormont

Ratepayers to receive letter outlining the state of play

Land and Property Services has confirmed there will be a delay in the issue of rate bills for the 2017/2018 financial year.

Usually at the beginning of April each year, LPS issues annual rate bills to homes and businesses across Northern Ireland. This year, bills will be late due to a delay in the setting of the regional rate.

From the end of this week, LPS will be issuing a letter to every ratepayer about the delay of 2017/2018 rate bills with advice and further information for ratepayers.

LPS is putting plans in place to allow bills to issue in May 2017, giving ratepayers the choice of making payment by the usual 10 instalments and to avail of the early payment discount as appropriate. This bill will cover rates assessed from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, as well as any unpaid rates from previous years.

If a ratepayer normally pays by Direct Debit, they don’t need to do anything. No direct debit payments will be taken until a new bill is issued.

If they normally pay by Standing Order, online or cheque, LPS would encourage ratepayers to make a payment based on last year’s assessment.

For up to date information on the issue of rate bills, please visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/rate-bill-update for domestic customers or www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/rate-bill-update, for non-domestic customers.

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