Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Questions (192)

Seán Fleming


192. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the back to work enterprise allowance scheme is available to persons (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25757/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) is designed to provide a monetary incentive for people who are on social welfare payments to develop a business while allowing them to retain a reducing proportion of their qualifying social welfare payment over two years; 100% in year 1 and 75% in year 2.

All Jobseekers, including those who were previously self-employed but became unemployed during the recession, can avail of the BTWEA once they are setting up a new enterprise that is tradeable and tangible and they have not availed of BTWEA within the past 5 years. My Department will be happy to assist any jobseeker who wishes to avail of this scheme. He or she can seek assistance by contacting their local Intreo office.