Sports clubs to benefit from rate cut
THOUSANDS of local sports clubs are in line for rate cuts as a result of new measures agreed by Cabinet.
A Government proposal aims to remove an "unfair burden" on clubs by making them exempt from paying rates on non-commercial buildings on their grounds.
At present, any club that has a bar or shop facility is liable to pay rates based on the entire value of their premises.
The Government proposal will exclude non-commercial buildings, such as dressing rooms and gymnasiums, from the overall rates process.
The proposal, brought to Cabinet by Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin, will see reduced bills for thousands of hard-pressed sports and community clubs.
The new rates process, brought about through an amendment to legislation, applies to all clubs with commercial elements regardless of the sport.
A Government spokesperson said there would be no cost to the Exchequer and that any losses will be picked up by local authorities or other ratepayers. However, the spokesperson said these amounts should be relatively small.
Sports Minister Michael Ring told the Irish Independent that the move will particular benefit clubs struggling with debt.
"This shows our commitment to sports clubs," he added.
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