The Balmoral Alliance Councillor said: “The government should postpone rates hikes for one year. This will ensure that a fair income-based system can be put in place, as a means of scrapping the rates hikes permanently.
“In unofficial conversations with politicians from all other parties, I detected that there would be a consensus in favour of this proposal.
“Alliance has demanded for decades that rates must be scrapped and replaced with an income-based system. Delaying the introduction of these punitive rates increases will give us the chance to raise money on a fairer basis. We need to bin these ridiculous rates once and for all, to ensure we can pay for public services without punishing people on low incomes and older people.
“The Treasury should have no great difficulty in delaying rates rises for a year, as we were assured that these rates are revenue neutral.
“These disgusting rates hikes will not only affect Greater Belfast, they will hit homeowner around Northern Ireland in the coming years, due to rising house prices. Government must listen to the people here and let us scrap rates rises.”