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Retail NI & Hospitality Ulster Meet NIO on NI Budget

Retail NI, Hospitality Ulster and other business, higher education and third sector groups met with the Northern Ireland Office Special Advisors and senior officials to discuss the NI Budget. The Budget is expected to be unveiled by the Secretary of State later this week.

Speaking after the meeting the Chief Executives of the Retail NI and Hospitality Ulster, Glyn Roberts and Colin Neill said:

“Both our organisations would much rather be engaging with devolved Ministers on a Budget. However with no Executive in place, the NIO will have to produce a Budget”

“Our members deserve much more than a ‘care and maintenance’ administration and emergency budgets”

‘At the meeting we were very clear that the proposal to hike business rates by ten percent, end the Small Business Rate Scheme and increase car parking charges are complete non-starters”

“If the NIO are serious about growing the NI Economy, then adding to the already heavy burden of business rates bills that our members struggle with should not even be considered”

“If they go ahead with this, then we will have members closing their businesses with substantial jobs losses as result”

“We need a government and ministers in place. Both our organisations have always strongly preferred devolved ministers –but it is now time for a Plan B”

 Glyn Roberts 07515 710517 Colin Neill 07738 354963