Action needed to support hospitality sector, says Tennyson

Alliance Finance spokesperson Eóin Tennyson MLA has called on the Minister of Finance to take steps to support the hospitality sector.

Eóin Tennyson Hospitality

Mr Tennyson was speaking after securing support for an independent review of non-domestic rates reliefs in the Northern Ireland Assembly yesterday (13 May). 

The Upper Bann MLA said: “Many hospitality businesses are facing an unprecedented crisis. Having weathered disruption caused by the pandemic, they are now contending with Brexit-related labour shortages, a cost-of-living crisis with customers having less disposable income, and a cost-of-doing business crisis with energy costs eroding their bottom line. 

"An independent, holistic, root-and-branch review of non-domestic rate reliefs is the first step towards ensuring our rating system is fair, progressive, and supports economic growth. I welcome the Assembly's support for Alliance's amendment proposing such a review. 

"I trust the Minister will heed the views of the Assembly and progress a review at the earliest opportunity. Our hospitality sector cannot afford undue delay."