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From April 2015, the annual rate statement will show how households’ rate payment contributes to the provision of public services such as health, education and roads, as well as a range of other important regional services.

The Minister said: “This is the first year rate payers will receive a personalised statement which shows where their money goes when they pay their rate bill. The new annual statement makes it clear that rates pay for much more than bin collection and street cleaning. It provides a break-down of ratepayers’ contribution towards paying for important public services such as health, education and job creation.”

Simon Hamilton added: “This is another step, as part of my public sector reform agenda, to provide improved public services for people in Northern Ireland.

“Across the public sector I want to see the development of new approaches, more collaborative and innovative thinking to better deliver public services.

“We are all acutely aware of current public expenditure pressures as well as the ever increasing demand for public services. It is essential for us to develop and deliver better public services and to explain clearly how those services are being paid for.”

“This new personalised annual rate statement will, I hope, better inform householders about where their hard earned money goes and what their rates is contributing towards in terms of public services.”

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