Call for united approach ahead of striking district rates figure

February 4, 2019

With the 2019/20 district rates figure set to be struck at tonight’s (Monday) meeting of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, a Sinn Feincouncillor has called for all parties to work together “in these challenging times”.

His party’s group leader on the Council, Councillor Michael Ruane, said: “Sinn Féin believe it is incumbent on all parties to work together for the benefit of our communities, ratepayers and local businesses, particularly in these continued challenging times.   

“Sinn Féin elected representatives are committed to ensuring efficient and effective service delivery to a best practice standard in order to guarantee true value for money.  Our councillors involved in Rates discussions have worked with all others, councillors and officials, to strike the right balance between protecting our front line services and where possible reducing our costs whilst delivering high quality, value for money services and investing in our district. 

“Our discussions will hopefully conclude with all elected representatives agreeing to a District Rate which reflects this balance and the reality of the challenging times many are facing,” he added.