SFA Comment on Live Register Figures

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

- Live Register reduction welcome

- Action Plan for Jobs 2015 must deliver for small business

The Director of the Small Firms Association, Patricia Callan has welcomed the continuing downward trend in the live register figures, which were released today and showed a reduction of 1% to 10.6%. However she stated that “it is imperative that the Government delivers a comprehensive Action Plan for Jobs 2015 later this month. As a general principle, we believe that every single policy emanating from Government should be centrally “job-proofed”, as many different Government Departments have a potential impact on the cost of employment, which they may not realise or disregard in their pursuit of balancing their own Departmental budgets.”

Specific Measures being advocated by the SFA in its Submission to the Action Plan for Jobs are:
    Support entrepreneurship by introducing social welfare payments in the event of start-ups failing; remove the tax discrimination of the self-employed versus employees; and introduce a 10% CGT special rate for entrepreneur’s selling their business
    Improve Access to Finance for SMEs by stopping banks seeking personal guarantees on all lending; expanding the remit of the small claims court for B2B debt cases; and introducing a finance voucher scheme
    Assist Small Businesses to grow by setting targets for public procurement contracts to go to small firms; extending grants and supports to businesses operating in the domestic market; improving broadband; introducing a fairer system for local government charging and outlawing upward only rent reviews.

Callan concluded “despite the significant progress that small businesses have made in stabilising and growing their businesses over the past 12 months, we cannot ignore the fact that we still have too many of our people facing unemployment. Providing the right environment for businesses to start and grow is the only solution to this crisis.”


For further information, please contact Patricia Callan, SFA Director, at Tel: 01 605 1602 or 087-6999345, e-mail: patricia.callan@sfa.ie, Twitter: @SFA_IRL