Rates injustice must be put right
Published 16/10/2007 | 10:25
The anonymous letter (Write Back, October 9) highlighted the rates anomaly - the absence of the 25% single person's discount.
For those interested, the excuse given by Direct Rule Finance Minister David Hanson for depriving Northern Ireland's single homeowners of the discount was: "We have decided not to have a single-person discount in Northern Ireland because it is a blanket discount, and single-person millionaires could benefit from it, if it were applied across the board."
My question to the Minister at the time was: "What about the single-person millionaires in England, Scotland and Wales who benefit from this discount in their council tax bills?" I was not given an answer.
Single householders of Northern Ireland do not despair; I am confident that our new Minister of Finance, Peter Robinson, will see through this injustice and redress the wrong foisted on you in such a cavalier fashion.
Michael Kelly, Belfast