'Stay and Spend' Begins To-Day

So far, 1,600 businesses in the hospitality sector have registered for the Government Stay and Spend scheme. hoteelguest

From today, taxpayers will be able to claim back 20% of their food and accommodation spend at these registered locations, as a tax credit – with some exceptions.
The Stay and Spend scheme will allow taxpayers claim a maximum of €125 back in tax credits on their spending in the hospitality sector from today until 30 April 2021.
To qualify for the maximum amount, a person must spend up to €625 (or €1,250 for married couples or civil partners) in restaurants, pubs, hotels, B&Bs and other qualifying businesses. 


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Hospitality Covid payments may be restored

The Taoiseach says the Government is examining the restoration of full pandemic payments and other subsidies for the hospitality sector.

michealmartin0520The sector, which includes, bar, restaurant, and hotel staff, is widely expected to be the last to return to pre-Covid practice.

The unemployment rate for the year is expected to be about 16%, which is worse than during the financial crisis a decade ago, falling to 10.7% in 2021.
Labour leader Alan Kelly, speaking during Leaders' Questions, predicted that the State will see continuous local lockdowns. 
 "Will you consider the sector for full restoration of the PUP?," Mr Kelly asked Taoiseach Micheál Martin. 
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Airport support 'under consideration'

Further support for "decimated" Cork and Shannon airports is currently being considered by the Government, according to the transport junior minister.hildegarde
Hildegarde Naughton, who was responding to calls from senators making representations on Cork and Shannon, said Department of Transport officials were actively “exploring” measures, but did not specify what was being considered.
Senators Jerry Buttimer and Timmy Dooley spoke i about the plight of Cork and Shannon airports since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, with both saying their survival was at stake, as well as the economic reach in both regions.
Cork Airport has seen passenger numbers plummet by 90%, it will lose €20m in the year ahead, yet it is the only one not to get funding under the regional airport capital funding, Mr Buttimer said.


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