Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Patricia RyanPatricia Ryan (Kildare South, Sinn Fein)
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1. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the small business assistance scheme for Covid can be extended to non-rateable businesses whose turnover is below 25% of 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23360/21]

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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As you are aware, the Government has put in place a comprehensive package to help businesses and workers during the pandemic, including the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), the COVID-19 Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS), low-cost loans, the deferral and warehousing of tax liabilities and the waiver of commercial rates.

You will also know that Budget 2021 provided a significant package of tax and expenditure measures to build the resilience of the economy and to help vulnerable but viable businesses across all sectors.

The Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) is a part of this suite of measures. The first phase of SBASC closed for applications through the local authorities on 21 April 2021. Phase 1 of the scheme is currently being reviewed and details of Phase 2 are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

I want to assure you, that I and my Government colleagues are keeping all the current business support schemes under review.


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