Delay in issuing of rates bills

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Land & Property Services (LPS) has confirmed there will be a delay in the issuing of rates bills for 2017/2018.

Usually, at the beginning of April each year, LPS issues annual rates bills to homes and businesses across Northern Ireland, including those in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

This year, however, bills will be late due to the delay in the setting of the regional rate.

From the end of this week, LPS will be issuing a letter to every rate payer about the delay and providing advice and further information.

The LPS has informed all Councils that it is putting plans in place to allow bills to be issued in May 2017, giving ratepayers the choice of making payment by the usual 10 instalments and to avail of the early payment discount as appropriate.

This bill will cover rates assessed from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, as well as any unpaid rates from previous years.

If a ratepayer normally pays by Direct Debit, they don’t need to do anything as no direct debit payments will be taken until a new bill is issued.

If a ratepayer normally pays by standing order/online/cheque, LPS is encouraging ratepayers to make a payment based on last year’s assessment.

For up to date information on the issue of rate bills, visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/rate-bill-update for domestic customers or www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/rate-bill-update for non-domestic customers.