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No flood rates refunds for Fermanagh

Stricken farmers, business owners and households hit hard by the Fermanagh flooding crisis are unlikely to receive rates compensation, it has emerged.

An official report into the month-long event last year revealed a number of people are seeking rates refunds because of the effect of the event on some services.

But the Rates Collection Agency has said that since agricultural land and buildings are not rated, any rate relief would be of no benefit to the farming community.

And it said there is no provision in legislation for rebates for domestic ratepayers. It also said it would be extremely difficult for businesses to qualify for a hardship relief fund because ratepayers must prove financial hardship.

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