Tuesday, 3 April 2001
Dáil Eireann Debate
331. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs the reason a person (details supplied) in County Sligo has been refused the back to work allowance to set up a hackney business. [9479/01]
334. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs the reason the Government will not allow people to take up taxi work on the back to work allowance scheme due to possible displacement of work, while at the same time the Government is bringing the taxi industry to court in order to deregulate the industry. [9657/01]
In considering applications, partnership companies take account of relevant factors, including the possible displacement of existing businesses. This applies in the case of all proposed enterprises, whether or not they are subject to regulation. The provision of a subsidy for a business which would simply displace an existing viable business would not be justified. The self-employment project submitted by the person concerned was refused on the grounds that, in the view of the partnership company, the enterprise he proposed to pursue carried a risk of displacement of existing business. He was notified accordingly by the partnership company on 19 December 2000.
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