Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (351)

Seán Canney

Question:

351. Deputy Seán Canney asked the Minister for Social Protection the plans being put in place to support small businesses that are not eligible for the Covid restrictions support scheme or the restart grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2697/21]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Social)

The Enterprise Support Grant (ESG) is available to eligible self-employed recipients who close their Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and re-start their business. A once-off grant of up to €1,000, to assist with the costs associated with reopening, is available under this measure.

The grant, of up to €1,000, is payable to self-employed individuals who employ fewer than 10 people, have an annual turnover of less than €1 million and are not eligible for support from similar business reopening grants, such as the Restart Grant, from other Departments.

Approximately 8,400 applications have been approved since the introduction of this grant, with funding of almost €8m paid to small businesses. A provision of €12m is available for this support in 2021. The extension of this grant into 2021 ensures supports remain available to qualified self-employed individuals who close their PUP as restrictions are eased. Detailed information about this grant and other supports for self-employed individuals is available at www.gov.ie/dsp.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.