Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (167)

Christopher O'Sullivan

Ceist:

167. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the timetable for paying out the business restart plus grant, in view of the fact there is confusion among businesses regarding when successful grant applications will be announced. [26586/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Enterprise)

I am not aware of the issues raised by the Deputy regarding alleged confusion amongst businesses awaiting payment of Restart Grant Plus funding.

As the Deputy will be aware, the Restart Grant Plus scheme is funded by this Department and is administered by the Local Authorities on the Department’s behalf.

The Deputy will appreciate that to date, both the Restart Grant and Restart Grant Plus scheme have seen a combined total of approximately 69,000 successful applicants approved for funding from a total of approximately 95,000 applications made to both schemes.

Applications are processed and payments are administered to successful applicants in the quickest timeframe as is possible. It is a matter for the applicant and the relevant Local Authority as to how quickly an application is turned around and a decision communicated to the applicant.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Business Support Unit of the relevant Local Authority directly.