Call for Minister to increase Rates Support Grant for councils-Fleming

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has called on the DoE Minister to increase the Rates Support Grant for Derry City and Strabane District Council.Paul-Fleming


Cllr Fleming said: “The Rates Support Grant is a vital contribution from central government and provides less well-off Councils with the means to provide public services without the need to penalise rate payers.

This Council area is the victim of significant socio-economic deprivation and requires government assistance in the form of the Rates Support Grant to redress the imbalances.

The Minister is primarily responsible for deciding how much of his department’s budget should be directed towards the Rates Support Grant and Sinn Féin is calling on Minister Durkan to ensure that increased funding is available for the Council as we move towards striking the rate in February.”