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Rates Amendment Bill - Major success story for amateur sports clubs, but work still to do!
Published: 12 February, 2016
After three years of campaigning, Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay's private Members Bill has secured a better deal for all amateur sports clubs in the six counties after agreement in the Assembly of the Rates Amendment Bill.
Speaking after the agreement had been reached, Daithí McKay said
"The agreement today to introduce full rate relief for Community Amateur Sport Clubs (CASCs) without bars represents up to £750,000 in sport club investment. This is a much better deal for our GAA, soccer, rugby and many other sports clubs who are faced with crippling rates bills each year.
"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."
Welcoming the news, Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Seán Lynch stated
"With the first regulations in this relief being introduced before September and a consultation on these in the near future, amateur sports clubs should see the financial benefit fairly quickly and can take some comfort in soon not having to pay rates on their clubrooms, storage facilities and their club stands, etc.
"Whilst it does not affect too many amateur sporting organisations in Fermanagh South Tyrone, an agreement on CASC's with licensed premises has still not been resolved. However, Sinn Féin remains committed to introducing rates relief for all our CASCs and we will continue this work in the next Assembly term."
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