Rates freeze decision due

Thursday, 1 February 2018

UNIONISTS from both main parties have called for efficiencies needed to keep rates frozen for another year.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is due to make decisions next week which will determine whether householders' bills go up or down.
Inflation, increased cost of salaries and commitments to capital projects are all placing pressure on the council's balance sheet.
But both the DUP and UUP are insisting they will work hard to implement another rate-freeze.
“Council is under significant cost pressure and we need to see a private sector-like focus to drive waste from the system and boost productivity," said UUP Councillor Richard Holmes.
“Increasing rates is the easy option which many councils take. We cannot ignore the impact on households and businesses across the borough."
Mr Holmes said some costs were out of council's hands, like nationally set wage agreements. Nevertheless, he added, the public sector cannot remain immune from productivity improvements and efficiency gains.
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