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Domestic Belfast rate jumps 20%
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There has been a rise in the domestic rates bill in Belfast of 20%, the Department of Finance and Personnel has said.

The analysis by DFP follows the first rates valuation based on the capital value of properties.

The figures show huge rises in some council areas, and decreases or no change in others.

Householders in Craigavon saw their rates drop by the greatest amount, down 4%.

Other large increases are in Castlereagh (up 19%), North Down (up 18%), Dungannon and Ards (both up 15%).

Council areas where there was little or no change, or a decrease, include Carrick and Strabane (-1%), Banbridge (no change), Derry and Larne (up 1%).

The DFP said the changes in average bills reflect not only increases in regional and district rates but also variations in average capital values as a result of the revaluation.

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"While some councils have been able to set relatively low district rates compared to others, increases in average rate bills in these areas are due to the effect of higher than average capital values," it said.

"In most cases, those councils that tended to have the highest average bills under the old NAV system (eg: North Down, Ards, Lisburn) still remain at the top end of the scale under the capital valuation system.

"Where a householder's capital valuation results in an increase in the rates bill of 33% or greater, he or she will be entitled automatically to Transitional Relief, which phases the introduction of the new levy over a three-year period."


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