Written Answers - Commercial Rates

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 737 No. 2

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  141.  Deputy Eoghan Murphy  Information on Eoghan Murphy  Zoom on Eoghan Murphy   asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government  Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan   further to Parliamentary Question No. 130 of 16 June 2011, the classes of property that fall under the waiver scheme for commercial rates under the provisions of the Local Government (Rates) Act 1970, as referred to in the second part of his answer of 16 June 2011; if he or his predecessor have consented to any such schemes in the past seven years and if he has considered extending this scheme to classes or stages of business activity, for example, new businesses employing fewer than ten persons. [18039/11]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan  The Local Government (Rates) Act 1970 does not specify the classes of property and of ratepayers that may be included in a rate waiver scheme. Such a scheme is made by a local authority as a reserved function and considerations as to the specified class or classes of property and of ratepayers to be included in the scheme are matters for the local authority. The making of such a scheme is subject to my consent as Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

No rates waiver schemes have been consented to in the past seven years.

I recognise that these are difficult economic times for many businesses and I will continue to keep all matters relating to rates under regular consideration in my Department.


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