From today, businesses in Dublin can claim under the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS), a Fine Gael Senator has said.
The scheme was the largest single measure announced on Budget day to help businesses throughout the winter months.
“Fine Gael understands that businesses in Dublin are facing a difficult and uncertain time with higher energy bills and weaker consumer demand,” Senator Currie said.
“This scheme will 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.
“I have been hearing from people in Dublin just how challenging it is at the moment, businesses really need this money, and we want to deliver it before Christmas.
“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.
“I have 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,” Currie concluded.