Government seeks feedback on Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme

The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) is now open for registration

RGDATA wants to hear from retailers that have applied for the scheme or those that have experienced any challenges around applying

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18 January 2023 | 0

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Enterprise Minister Simon Coveney is concerned at the low take up of the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) and is seeking feedback from retail businesses as to why.

Revenue data shows that as of 11 January, 10,361 businesses have registered for the scheme. 5,119 of these have commenced the claim process. 3,661 businesses have fully completed the claims process while 1,458 have partially completed the claims process.

RGDATA wants to hear from retailers that have applied for the scheme or those that have experienced any challenges around applying or with the eligibility criteria.  Please email rgdata@rgdata.ie if you have any feedback

Revenue hosted a live webinar event about the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) on Wednesday 14 December 2022. This webinar provided information about the scheme and addressed questions submitted by the event participants. The webinar was recorded and is available to view here: https://www.revenue.ie/en/starting-a-business/tbess/webinar.aspx

Government has no plans to fund further commercial rates waivers

Meanwhile, RGDATA has been told that the government has no plans to fund further commercial rates waivers. The association recently received a response to its query issued to Leo Varadkar when he was Tánaiste & Minister for Enterprise regarding government induced increases in business costs that are impacting on the viability of local shops.

“In order to support businesses and ratepayers, and in recognition of the impacts of COVID-19, the Government funded the cost of commercial rates waivers in recent years,” a letter from the Department of Housing & Local Government said. “These waivers applied for significant portions of 2020, 2021 and into 2022.  These were unprecedented measures, which offered support to businesses and financial certainty to local authorities.

“Government has the challenge of balancing competing demands for finite resources.  There are no current plans to introduce further rates subvention from central government.”

 

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