Government may revive Stay and Spend scheme in Budget as Sinn Féin calls for free month's rent for tenants – Independent.ie

Arts and Culture Minister Catherine Martin has indicated that the Government is looking at reviving the Stay and Spend scheme in the upcoming Budget.

he scheme, designed to encourage staycations and to incentivise the hard-hit hospitality sector last year, became effectively defunct as three weeks after it launched the country went into a Level 5 lockdown.

Independent.ie previously reported that almost double the amount consumers have reclaimed on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit initiative has been spent by two State agencies on marketing and administering the scheme.

However, Minister Martin indicated this afternoon that the scheme is “one of the issues” being looked at.

“There’s a lot to be considered for tourism supports, I know that is one of the issues that they’re looking at,” she told reporters.

She said that the scheme was underused because of the “stop start” nature of the pandemic.

“The Stay and Spend was

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