Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed the agreement of the Rates Amendment Bill in the Assembly today. After a 3 year campaign, the introduction of a Private Members Bill and a consultation with hundreds of sport clubs the DFP Bill agreed today will introduce full rate relief for Community Amateur Sport Clubs (CASCs) without bars that will represent up to £750,000 in sport club investment.
Speaking after the Bill was agreed he said:
“Our 3 year campaign to get a better deal for amateur sport clubs, for our GAA, soccer, rugby clubs, etc, has been long and difficult.
“What the Assembly has agreed to today represents a huge investment in our amateur sport clubs and comes on the back of my own consultation with hundreds of sport clubs and the drawing up of my private members legislation.
“After I secured an amendment to the Bill this week, the first regulations for this relief will be introduced before September. A consultation on these will begin in the coming weeks.
“The Department of Finance and Personnel has adopted much of my original proposal, which I welcome, but it has yet to agree the way forward for our CASCs with licensed premises.
“This is unfinished business as far as I am concerned but I welcome the commitment by the Department to review this situation in the time ahead.
“But this is a better deal for many of our CACSs who will not have to pay rates on their clubrooms, storage facilities and their club stands, etc.
“Sinn Féin remains committed to introducing rates relief for all our CASCs and we will continue this work in the next Assembly term.”