COVID Supports Update

Tralee Chamber Alliance have prepared an update on the supports available to businesses, and to highlight some key areas of note for you that they are engaging Government on.

Rates Waiver

The Rates Waiver has been extended to the end of March so certain businesses most severely impacted, such as hospitality, leisure, childcare, personal care, entertainment, retail (excluding large supermarkets), airports, health and service stations. See Release HERE

– We are engaged on a further extension of the waiver to the end of Qtr2

 – We are engaged on a broadening of the range of businesses who can avail of the rates waivers

For a business not exempt from the Rates Waiver, but who have seen a significant decline in turnover, first off we recommend contacting Kerry County Council’s rates by email revenue@kerrycoco.ie or calling 0667162100. We also advise contacting ourselves in Tralee Chamber, as we are presenting case-examples to the Dept on an ongoing basis to support our claims for an extension of the waivers.

CRSS Support

There has been no change to the range of businesses covered under the CRSS supports. Following extensive engagement, the Department of Business has now engaged with the Department of Finance on extending CRSS to bring in certain excluded businesses. Dept. of Finance state there is no scope to extend this. The two Departments are now looking at creating new/alternative supports for these businesses.

EWSS Supports

Following feedback that a number of business’s claims were being processed we have engaged with the Dept of Business and Revenue to ensure the businesses were not unduly delayed. If your business encounters delays on the processing of the EWSS supports, please contact us so we can ensure this is resolved.

PSO Levies

Through Chambers Ireland, we have engaged with the Regulators in relation to the calculation of the PSO Charges on Electricity, in particular in relation to businesses whose premises are currently closed or partially closed.

National Economic Plan

The Dept of Taoiseach has opened a consultation on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan– this will be separate to the National Economic Plan

https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/6760e-public-consultation-on-irelands-national-recovery-and-resilience-plan/

We will be making a submission on this, and continue to engage on the National Economic Plan if you wish to give us some feedback/proposals.

CRO Annual Returns

Following engagement, the Registrar of Companies has extended the current arrangement in relation to the filing of annual returns. In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Registrar had taken a number of decisions during 2020 to assist companies with the filing of annual returns.  – See Details HERE

Tourism Business Continuity Scheme

The specific Tourism Businesses excluded from the CRSS scheme will now be able to avail of the new Tourism Business Continuity Scheme, being facilitated through Failte Ireland. Applications will open on February 11th through Failte Ireland’s website. For reference in preparing your application, the scheme will operate in a similar manner to the Coach Tourism Scheme established last October.

Outdoor Dining Grants

A suite of Outdoor Dining grants for hospitality businesses was announced on Monday by Minister Martin. There are numerous such schemes in local authorities already in place, and it is expected the scheme will be facilitated through Kerry County Council in due course. Details on the scheme have yet to be published – we will forward these when available.

Brexit

Our national network continues to engage on Brexit-related matters – if your business has any concerns or difficulties please make contact with us and we will seek a resolution.

Artists / Creative Supports

Government are now seeking to introduce a Pilot Universal Basic Income trial for the Creative, Events and Art sectors. These will form part of the National Economic Plan referenced above.

As always if you have any concerns specific to your business, please contact us.

Stay safe

Ken Tobin

Chief Executive

Tralee Chamber Alliance / HQTralee Building 2, Dominick St. Tralee, Kerry