Retail NI Reaction To NI Budget

Commenting on the NI Budget unveiled by the Secretary of State today, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Retail NI is pleased that the NIO has listened to our concerns regarding this budget and not imposed the 10% hike in business rates and ended the Small Business Rate Relief which was included in the Budget Options Paper”

“If both of these had have been included in this Budget, we would have seen members, who struggle to pay their existing rates bill, closing their businesses”

“Additionally, we will be seeking clarification that proposals to increase Car Parking charges are also dropped”

“We welcome the extra funding for Infrastructure and hope major projects such as York Street, A5, A6 and others, are able to move forward”

“By no means is this the best way to set a Budget”

‘We need to see local, accountable and elected Ministers making the key decisions. Northern Ireland deserves more than ‘care and maintence’ administration and emergency budgets”

“We would urge the local political parties to get back to the talks table and hammer out an agreement”

Glyn Roberts 07515710517