Almost £10m Awarded In Rates Assistance

Almost £10 million has been awarded in rates assistance in the past year, the Department of Finance has reported.

Around 30,000 pensioners have benefited from a 20% reduction in their rates through the Lone Pensioner Allowance while 11,300 properties have been awarded a 25% reduction in their rates through the Disabled Persons Allowance.
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Welcoming the increase, Department of Finance Permanent Secretary Sue Gray said: "It is really encouraging that the numbers receiving these rates relief have increased and demonstrates the great work being done by Land & Property Services Outreach Team in helping to get the message out there.

"The Lone Pensioner Allowance is of significant benefit to our older and more vulnerable citizens and continues to be of great assistance to those who live on their own. The Disabled Persons Allowance enables ratepayers who have adapted their property to meet the needs of a disabled person to benefit from a rates reduction."

The Land & Property Services Outreach Team attend a number of events during the year to promote available help.

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