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Antrim and Newtownabbey has the lowest overall average rates increase, of all NI Councils, since 2015.

Rates Information 2020

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has maintained its record of the lowest rates increase across Northern Ireland since the Council mergers in 2015.

The Council’s continued commitment to supporting businesses within our Borough has resulted in a reduction in the business rate this year of 3.54%.

There has been a small increase on the residential rate of just 1.99%. This is less than the current rate of inflation of 2.2%* and is equivalent to an extra 15p per week on an average residential property.
Keeping the rates low hasn’t been without its challenges given the inflationary pressures we are facing with salaries, energy and waste disposal.

Savings of £6M are planned over the next ten years with changes in the delivery of our waste collection. However, overall costs have unavoidably increased by £1.5M mainly due to salary costs of £560K, energy costs of £140K and waste disposal costs of £800K.

The changes in waste collection will realise a saving of £500K and this has allowed the Council to absorb some of the unavoidable increases.

Across the Borough, we have attracted significant investment by granting planning permission for a number of large projects over the last 12 months with an estimated value in excess of £25M.   We also continue to invest in our considerable assets through an ongoing Capital Investment Programme.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman John Smyth commented,

“Careful financial planning will allow us to invest in projects to support the businesses in our Borough and focus on job creation through partnership opportunities such as Belfast Region City Deal”.

District Rate

The breakdown of expenditure collected from District rates is as follows;

The Council agreed its District Rate at a Special Council meeting on 10 February which will come into effect on
1 April 2020.

Resident’s rate bills are made up of the District Rate set by the Council and the Regional Rate, which is determined by the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Regional rate is the same across all Council areas and has not yet been set.

The district rate for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council pays for a wide range of services and facilities including:
  • Refuse collection and disposal
  • Street cleansing
  • Leisure centres 
  • Parks
  • Economic Development
  • Tourism

Regional Rate

The Regional Rate, the portion of all Rates bills, which is determined by the Northern Ireland Assembly and is the same across all Council areas, has yet to be set. This pays for services such as:

  • Education
  • Emergency Services
  • Water and sewerage
  • Hospitals
  • Roads
  • Social Services and Community Development

Domestic Rate

This is a rate for household and all residential properties, with bills based on the capital value of your home. 

Business Rate

Business rates are a rate for all non-domestic properties, such as offices, factories and shops, with individual bills based on the rental value of your property.

For more information see www.finance-ni.gov.uk/reval-2020-ni 

Your rates bill is made up of two parts, the regional rate and the district rate and is issued by Land & Property Services.

Revaluation of non-domestic rates

Land & Property Services (LPS) is revaluing all non-domestic properties in Northern Ireland for rates. A new Valuation List will come in to effect on 1 April 2020 based on rental values as at 1 April 2018.
More information is available www.finance-ni.gov.uk/reval-2020-ni 

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Land & Property Services

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