Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment
18. To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment the amount of moneys paid as of 30 September 2020 from the restart grant by county in tabular form; the amount of moneys paid as of 30 September 2020 from the restart plus grant by county in tabular form; the amount of moneys paid as of 30 September 2020 to each local authority from the restart grant by county in tabular form; the amount of moneys paid as of 30 September 2020 to each local authority from the restart plus grant by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29596/20]
The Restart Grant and Restart Grant Plus Schemes are administered by the 31 Local Authorities on behalf of this Department.
I have set out in the following table the information requested by the Deputy. Please be advised this information is collated by the Local Authorities on a weekly basis therefore the figures contained in the table are as at week ending 9th October 2020.
|Local Authority||VALUE APPLICATIONS PAID Restart Grant €||VALUE APPLICATIONS PAID Restart Grant Plus €||Restart Grant total allocation per Local Authority €||Restart Grant Plus total allocation per Local Authority €|
|Dun Laoghaire Rathdown||€6,300,826||€8,280,815||€7,679,343||€17,811,665|
19. To ask the Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment the grants and supports available to a small business that is not a ratepayer to a local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29672/20]
The Government introduced the July Stimulus €7bn package of supports for firms of all sizes, which includes the wage subsidy scheme, the pandemic unemployment payment for the self-employed, grants, low-cost loans, write-off of commercial rates and deferred tax liabilities, all of which will help to improve cashflow amongst SMEs. Full details on all COVID-19 supports for business are available at:
The July Stimulus Package is a substantial financial package to stimulate our economy worth more than €5 billion, with an additional €2 billion in loan guarantees which is bigger in scale than most budgets and is being deployed at speed. The July Stimulus package was designed to help businesses to open, to help those already open to stay open, to get staff back to work and for those who cannot go back to their old jobs, there are new opportunities.
The range of measures in place to assist businesses include direct grants to support viable businesses and jobs, including new hire. We have extended the wage subsidy scheme, which will run until the end of March 2021 and will be open to firms that do not currently participate and open to workers like seasonal workers who were not previously included, and we are giving companies extra assistance through an enhanced Restart Plus grant of up to €25,000. From 1st September, the six-month reduction in the VAT came into effect, going down from 23% to 21%.
We are providing more and cheaper loan finance through MicroFinance Ireland, SBCI and the new €2bn Credit Guarantee Scheme. I announced the reopening of MFI lending on 31st August and I launched the €2bn Credit Guarantee Scheme on 7th September.
I am working with my colleagues across Government to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 and I will continue to keep the supports provided for SMEs under review with the goal of setting our country towards economic recovery.