Northern Ireland. 06 APR 2017 - Letters arrive at properties across Northern Ireland advising of a delay in issuing annual property rates bills, caused by the failure of political parties in Northern Ireland to agree coalition government, and hence gto set the Regional Rate. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland could be forced to return power to Westminster which will hasten the introduction of Direct Rule in Northern Ireland and the collapse of the institutions. It is possible that local councils may be left without money to pay for services or staff wages.
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