Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Cutting rates on sports clubs will help health

WITH £136m in additional money being allocated to the Finance Minister over the next two years, this clearly makes his overall budget that bit more flexible.

Some of this should go towards relieving the pressure that households are under. A very, very small fraction of the budget could also be used to relieve the rates burden on amateur sports clubs.

Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay has introduced a Bill that will abolish rates for amateur sports clubs. The cost of implementing this is minuscule, but it will bring benefits to clubs across the north, positively impact on health and well-being and reward our tradition of sports volunteering.

Sport is at the heart of my community and this is an investment in a health-related service.

KIERAN MULHOLLAND

Loughgiel, Co Antrim

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