Flood relief fund criteria for small businesses is expanded
Minister Paul Kehoe, whose home patch of Enniscorthy was hard hit by the recent floods, said that the government has expanded the eligibility criteria for the €5 million flood fund for small businesses to include those businesses not subject to commercial rates.
'This humanitarian relief scheme which is being administered by the Irish Red Cross, was designed to be light on bureaucracy from the beginning in order to ensure we could get payments out to flood affected businesses as quickly as possible. In order to get the payments out efficiently, local authorities could vouch for businesses subject to commercial rates,' he said.
'Unfortunately this meant that a number of businesses not subject to commercial rates were left out of the loop. I have dealt with many of these businesses in Enniscorthy and their situation had been made even more distressing, as up to recently, they did not qualify for the €5 million Irish Red Cross emergency funding. Minister Coveney has now confirmed that in the case of businesses which are not in a premises subject to commercial rates, the applicant can supply a tax clearance certificate to the Irish Red Cross, or recent correspondence from Revenue showing a tax registration number. More details at [www.redcross.ie]www.redcross.ie.