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NI Budget is Missed Opportunity says Retail NI

Retail NI has described the NI Budget published by the Secretary of State today as ‘extremely disappointing’ and 'a missed opportunity’

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:  

“Retail NI is disappointed that the Secretary of State has not listened to our concerns over business rates. Why is that independent retailers in England get a third off their rate bills and their Northern Ireland counterparts get an increase?

“Small Businesses in Northern Ireland are now paying the highest business rates in the UK and this Budget should have reduced the Regional Rate, rather than increasing it”

“Furthermore, where is Northern Ireland’s £20m share of the Future High Streets Fund which was announced by the Chancellor? At first glance of this Budget it appears not to have been included. Yet again Northern Ireland loses out”

“Our members deserve a lot more than badly thought out emergency budgets like this”

 

Glyn Roberts 07515710517