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Rates to rise in all but one Northern Ireland council area

Rates are set to go up for all but one of Northern Ireland's councils.

The only council freezing domestic rates for the year ahead is Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The rates change will see most councils increase the amount by around 3%, with Newry, Mourne and Down council recording the biggest increase at 3.38%.

Other than Causeway Coast and Glens, the smallest increase was for Belfast City Council, where an increase of 1.98% was agreed upon at a council meeting.

In Belfast, the council says homeowners will see an increase of less than £1 per month, or less than £10 a year.

Almost everyone who lives in a property in Northern Ireland is required to pay rates, and the money goes towards services including schools, hospitals, roads, bin collection, parks, and leisure centres.

Rates in Northern Ireland are made up of a regional rate, which is set by the Northern Ireland Executive and is the same across all councils, and the district rate, which is set by the councils.

The regional rate for the forthcoming financial year has yet to be announced.

The following rates will come into effect from the start of April for the 2018/19 financial year:

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council - Antrim, 2.48%; Newtownabbey, 3% (different increases for the two areas)
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council - 2.96%
  • Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council - 2.95%
  • Belfast - 1.98%
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council - 0%
  • Derry and Strabane District Council - 2.99%
  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council - 3%
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council - 2.91%
  • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council - 2.32%
  • Mid Ulster District Council - 2.98%
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council - 3.38%

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