Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Rates: Revaluation Appeals

Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 13th October 2015.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy UUP 3:00 pm, 13th October 2015

12. Mr Kennedy asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on appeals against revaluations of non-domestic properties. (AQO 8878/11-16)

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

On 1 April 2015 and 30 September 2015, the district valuers within Land and Property Services received 2,334 challenge-type applications in relation to the revaluation of non-domestic properties. That equates to some 3% of the total number of non-domestic properties in Northern Ireland. Of the cases completed by the district valuers, 94 have proceeded to the next stage in the appeals process, with an appeal to the Commissioner of Valuation.

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy UUP

I am grateful to the Minister for her answer. She will be aware of concerns from a great many of my constituents in Newry and Armagh, not only about the appeals process but the outcome of the revaluation. Is the Minister prepared to meet me to discuss these issues?

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

I am happy to meet the Member in relation to any specific issues that he has. I am a little worried that he has concerns about the appeals process, which I had hoped was pretty transparent. However, if he has particular issues in and around the appeals process, I am happy to speak to him. As he knows, the revaluation was carried out not to increase the amount of money raised but to redistribute it on modern rental evidence as there had not been a revaluation for some 12 years, and we had been through the highs and lows of the property boom by that stage. I am happy to have that meeting and look forward to discussing the issues with him.