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Ritchie Says NI Manufacturers Need More Than Corporation Tax Devolution

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has questioned the Treasury on the support the Government will give to manufacturing businesses in Northern Ireland. Ms Ritchie said: “I support the devolution of corporation tax to help support our manufacturing sector and make our businesses more globally competitive. Yet with manufacturers facing…

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NIIRTA Comments On Chancellors Budget

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has set out it views on the Chancellors Budget. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “Overall this is a positive budget for local small businesses and independent retailer. “The retail sector has a key role in providing high quality apprentices and it…

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Ritchie Says Corporation Tax Powers Must Tackle Regional Imbalance

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called on the UK government to work with the Executive to ensure that the potential benefits of a devolved rate of corporation tax are delivered across Northern Ireland. Speaking following Northern Ireland questions in Westminster, Ms Ritchie said: “It is important that full and proper…

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NIIRTA Welcomes Publication Of Legislation To Devolve Corporation Tax

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed today’s publication of the legislation to devolve Corporation Tax. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “It is a major step forward that UK Government has now published the draft legislation to devolve Corporation Tax. “Coming on the back of Corporation Tax…

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Ritchie Says Treasury Must Stop Withholding Corporation Tax Detail

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has said that detail on George Osborne’s commitment to the devolution of Corporation Tax following a successful outcome to the current round of All-Party Talks remains short and unsatisfactory. Ms Ritchie was speaking after posing questions during Northern Ireland Questions at Westminster. She said: “Once…

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NIIRTA Welcomes Corporation Tax Hopes Pending Outcome Of Talks

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed today’s announcement by Chancellor George Osborne that subject to progress in the talks, devolution of Corporation Tax will happen. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “It is very welcome that the UK Government has indicated that they are in principle willing…

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Leadership On Budget And Welfare Reform Needed To Secure Corporation Tax Says Hamilton

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton today said that leadership on budget and welfare reform was needed to secure the devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland. The Minister was speaking after the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP delivered his Autumn Statement today. Corporation tax, paid by companies on their…

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Ritchie Blasts Government Time-Wasting Over Corporation Tax

MARGARET Ritchie, SDLP MP for South Down, has hit out at the UK government’s lengthy delay in coming to a decision on the devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland. Speaking from Westminster Ms Ritchie said: “The UK government talk a lot about rebalancing the economy but we have seen very…

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