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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2015 No. 83

Rates

The Rates (Transitional Relief) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015

Made

26th February 2015

Coming into operation

1st April 2015

This Order is made in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 33A(2A) of the Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977(1).

It appears to the Department of Finance and Personnel (“the Department”) expedient to make provision under that Article in connection with changes to local government districts.

Accordingly the Department makes the following Order.

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Rates (Transitional Relief) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015 and shall come into operation on 1st April 2015.

(2) In this Order—

“capital value district rate” means a district rate made by a district council on the rateable capital values of hereditaments in its district;

“former district” means a local government district established in pursuance of the Local Government Boundaries Act (Northern Ireland) 1971(2);

“hereditament in the social sector” has the meaning assigned to it by Article 23A(3) of the Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977(3);

“Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975(4); and

“net annual value district rate” means a district rate made by a district council on the rateable net annual values of hereditaments in its district.

Transitional relief

2.  Subject to Article 4, the amount of the sum which would be chargeable in respect of a capital value district rate in respect of a hereditament which, but for the coming into operation of section 1 of the Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008(5), would have been in a former district specified in column 1 of Schedule 1 and which, on or after 1st April 2015, is in a district specified in column 2 of that Schedule, shall be reduced—

(a)in the year ending on 31st March 2016, by 80% of the amount attributable to the part of the capital value district rate specified in the corresponding entry in column 3 of that Schedule;

(b)in the year ending on 31st March 2017, by 60% of the amount mentioned in paragraph (a);

(c)in the year ending on 31st March 2018, by 40% of the amount mentioned in paragraph (a); and

(d)in the year ending 31st March 2019, by 20% of the amount mentioned in paragraph (a).

3.  Subject to Article 4, the amount of the sum which would be chargeable in respect of a net annual value district rate in respect of a hereditament which, but for the coming into operation of section 1 of the Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, would have been in a former district specified in column 1 of Schedule 2 and which, on or after 1st April 2015, is in a district specified in column 2 of that Schedule, shall be reduced—

(a)in the year ending on 31st March 2016, by 80% of the amount attributable to the part of the net annual value district rate specified in the corresponding entry in column 3 of that Schedule;

(b)in the year ending on 31st March 2017, by 60% of the amount mentioned in paragraph (a);

(c)in the year ending on 31st March 2018, by 40% of the amount mentioned in paragraph (a); and

(d)in the year ending on 31st March 2019, by 20% of the amount mentioned in paragraph (a).

4.  This Order shall not apply to a hereditament specified in column 2 of Schedule 3.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 26th February 2015

Legal seal

Brian McClure

A senior officer of the Department of Finance and Personnel

Article 2

SCHEDULE 1The Part of the Capital Value District Rate on which Transitional Relief is calculated

123
Former DistrictDistrictPart of the capital value district rate on which transitional relief is calculated (pence in the pound)
ArdsNorth Down and Ards0.0111
BallymenaMid and East Antrim0.0041
BanbridgeArmagh, Banbridge and Craigavon0.0133
CastlereaghLisburn and Castlereagh0.0485
CastlereaghBelfast0.0875
ColeraineCauseway Coast and Glens0.0356
CraigavonArmagh, Banbridge and Craigavon0.0053
DungannonMid Ulster0.0185
DungannonArmagh, Banbridge and Craigavon0.1445
FermanaghFermanagh and Omagh0.0465
LarneMid and East Antrim0.0028
LisburnBelfast0.0390
Newry & MourneNewry, Mourne and Down0.0017
NewtownabbeyAntrim and Newtownabbey0.0086
North DownBelfast0.0106
StrabaneDerry and Strabane0.0215

Article 3

SCHEDULE 2The Part of the Net Annual Value District Rate on which Transitional Relief is calculated

123
Former DistrictDistrictPart of the net annual value district rate on which transitional relief is calculated (pence in the pound)
BallymoneyCauseway Coast and Glens0.6774
CarrickfergusMid and East Antrim2.2063
CastlereaghLisburn and Castlereagh3.3105
CastlereaghBelfast8.5624
ColeraineCauseway Coast and Glens1.4000
CraigavonArmagh, Banbridge and Craigavon1.6249
DungannonMid Ulster0.7187
DungannonArmagh, Banbridge and Craigavon4.3888
FermanaghFermanagh and Omagh1.7659
LimavadyCauseway Coast and Glens0.0114
LisburnLisburn and Castlereagh0.9309
LisburnBelfast6.1829
MagherafeltMid Ulster0.8745
Newry & MourneNewry, Mourne and Down0.4068
NewtownabbeyAntrim and Newtownabbey0.0983
North DownNorth Down and Ards0.5760
StrabaneDerry and Strabane4.1884

Article 4

SCHEDULE 3Hereditaments to which this Order does not apply

12
Entry No.Hereditaments
1A hereditament in the social sector
2A hereditament which is occupied by a Northern Ireland Department or by a Minister of the Crown or by any officer or body exercising functions on behalf of the Crown.
3A hereditament which is occupied by a body established by or under a statutory provision.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order)

Changes to local government districts, involving a reduction in the number of district councils from 26 to 11, take effect on 1st April 2015. This Order provides for transitional rate relief to ensure that there is no sudden and excessive increase in the district rates payable in respect of any property arising out of local government reorganisation. The relief takes the form of reductions in the amounts chargeable in respect of district rates. The reductions will be progressively decreased over a four year period and end on 31st March 2019.

Article 2 and 3 and Schedules 1 and 2 provide for the reductions.

Article 4 and Schedule 3 exclude certain classes of property from the relief.

(1)

S.I 1977/2157 (N.I.28); Article 33A was inserted by Article 5 of the Rates (Amendment) Northern Ireland Order 1996, S.I. 1996/3162 (N.I.25); paragraph (2A) was inserted in Article 33A by section 112 of the Local Government Act Northern Ireland) 2014 (2014 c.8 (N.I)

(3)

Article 23A was inserted by Article 7 of the Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, S.I. 2006/2954 (N.I. 18)

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