Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed an immediate £100m rates package introduced by Conor Murphy to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for further support measures.
Martina Anderson said:
“I welcome the initial package of measures totalling £100m announced by Conor Murphy today to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is the first in a series of measures and Conor Murphy has said that more will follow.
“This is obviously a very challenging time for businesses, particularly smaller businesses and these measures brought in by my party colleague will provide some assistance.
“In particular the fact that rates will pay zero rates for the next three months is welcome, as is the move to defer rates bills from April to June.
“It is not only businesses that are struggling at present and the deferral of domestic rates bills until June as well will also help homeowners.
“These steps taken by Sinn Féin in government will go some way towards easing the unexpected financial pressures brought on by this pandemic.”