Thursday, 16 November 2023
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
134. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment whether any action is proposed in respect of commercial rate payers, who have only recently have had their rateable valuations increased and who now find themselves marginally short of relief announced in Budget 2024, to the effect that the proposed relief stops suddenly, as opposed to a graduated period within which they may qualify for part rateable relief; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50469/23]
The Increased Cost of Business Grant (ICOB) was announced as part of Budget 2024 and will be targeted at Small and Medium sized businesses who operate from a rateable premises. Firms who do not have a rateable premises are not within the scope of this scheme.
The total allocation for this scheme is €250m. The grant is intended to aid firms but is not intended to directly compensate for all increases in wages, or other costs, for every business.
It is important that I be clear that this scheme is a once-off grant aid provision and not a commercial rates waiver. It will have no bearing on the commercial rates paid by firms. Firms should continue to pay their commercial rates as normal.
The grant is intended to be paid at a rate of up to half the enterprise’s commercial rates bill, subject to a prescribed limit. The grant will be based on the commercial rates that firms paid in 2023 and therefore will not be impacted by changes to rateable valuations from 2024 onwards.
My Department will work with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Local Authorities to finalise the details of the grant over the coming weeks. The grant will be paid through local authorities and will be paid in the first quarter of next year.