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), the small business assistance scheme for COVID (SBASC), low-cost loans, the deferral and warehousing of tax liabilities and the waiver of commercial rates.
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. Details of the wide range of supports available are on my Department’s website.
I am acutely aware of the difficulties SME's have faced and continue to face due to this pandemic. The SBASC scheme has been expanded and will now take into account businesses who do not pay rates and those businesses with a turnover of less than €50,000. Details of Phase 2 of this scheme are being finalised and will be open for applications in early June, with a closing date of 21st July.
Further details of these schemes including all eligibility criteria will shortly be available on my Department's website www.enterprise .gov.ie and on Local Authority websites.