Dublin businesses should claim for energy increase scheme without delay urges Senator

TBESS scheme is still open; closing date is end of February

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin companies are reminded that application for the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) scheme is still open.

Companies, nursing homes, childcare facilities, catering and businesses across the retail sector were encouraged to avail of the scheme which is scheduled to cease at the end of February.

So far, government reports there has been a slow take-up of the supplementary business scheme, with over €13m paid out and almost €17.5m in approved claims 

Fine Gael Senator Emer Currie stated: “The scheme was the largest single measure announced on Budget Day to help businesses throughout the winter months.

“This scheme was introduced to support businesses and protect our jobs in Dublin. An array of businesses can claim, including trading businesses, professional services, vocations such as Montessori schools, pre-schools and Early Childcare and Education services, and certain charities and sporting bodies who carry on a trading or professional activity. 

“A business can claim 40% of the increase in energy costs i.e., 40% of the uplift in the bill as compared to the bill amount in the reference period.

“The monthly cap of €10,000 may be increased to a maximum of €30,000 for businesses that operate from multiple locations, subject to certain conditions. If a business operates from three or more locations, it may be entitled to claim with respect to each location but subject to a cap of €30,000.”

Senator Currie added she has been receiving reports from people in Dublin on just how challenging it is at the moment, businesses really need this money, she noted.

“In terms of making the claim, businesses are required to demonstrate that its average unit price for electricity or gas on the relevant bill has increased by 50% or more as compared to the average unit price in the same month the previous year e.g., September 2022 vs September 2021.”

Senator Currie sent a leaflet out to over 200 businesses in Dublin West about the TBESS

“I would encourage business owners all over Dublin to have their bills and tax clearance certs ready to ensure their claim can be processes by Revenue without delay,” she concluded.

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