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Rates bills issued

April 8, 2013

This week the 2013/2014 Rates bills will be landing on the mats of thousands of homes and businesses across the north.

Land & Property Services (LPS), Department of Finance and Personnel, is tasked with issuing rates bills and collecting monies and bills will include any debt that may have been carried forward from previous years along with any rate relief where applicable.

If there is any information on the bill which is incorrect, or your circumstances have changed, LPS advise contacting them immediately on 0300 200 7801.

Speaking about the rates bills, an LPS spokesperson said: “There are a number of LPS offices across Northern Ireland and staff are always available to help should anyone need to speak to them about their rate bill or in need of assistance with paying their bill. Staff will also provide information on a number of payment options which are available. The easiest and most convenient method is by Direct Debit. This enables the cost of the rate bill to be spread over a 10 month period and helps ease the financial pressure. There is a choice of three collection dates for Direct Debit – 7th, 15th or 28th of each month.”

Like previous years, there are a wide range of other payment methods available to customers such as: standing order, telephone and internet banking, cheque, or by using the ‘Rates QuickPay Card’. This is accepted in any Post Office and around 800 participating Payzone outlets. Domestic ratepayers who pay their bill in full will receive a discount of 4% if LPS receives payment on or before the discount date of 3rd May 2013. Ratepayers must allow a minimum of five working days for payment to reach LPS. However, this discount is not available to those who pay rates on empty homes.

As of 31 March 2012, there were 559,000 ratepayers across the 26 Council areas. The net amount of rates collected for the financial year 2011/12 was £1.065billion which is invested in public services such as healthcare, education and roads as well as helping to fund numerous Council services objectives.

Further information and guidance on rates is available at http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/rates or for non-domestic customers, at nibusinessinfo.co.uk/rates.

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