Local Authorities reliance on commercial rates for funding increased from 28% in 2010 to 37% in 2015, according to a reply from Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD to a parliamentary question from Pat Deering TD. RGDATA has written to the Minister calling for reforms to the Commercial Rates process
Full details of the application process for the Government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme have been issued to the Local Authorities. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2017.
The scheme which is targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000 will be operated via the Local Authorities in close collaboration with community and business interests. The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Heather Humphreys, anticipates that up to 300 towns and villages will benefit from funding. Click here for further information.
97% of Independent Retailers Experienced Crime in the store in the past 12 months: RGDATA presentation to Garda National Strategic Retail Forum
RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley made a presentation to the Garda National Strategic Retail Forum meeting in Garda HQ in which she outlined the initial results of the RGDATA Crime Survey 2017. Have you completed the crime survey? We need to hear about your experiences. Click here for the link to Survey Monkey.
A few minutes is all it takes to complete the RGDATA survey on the impact of crime on your business. Your assistance is invaluable and helps RGDATA represent you and fight for new measures to combat retail crime. Click here to answer the survey.
RGDATA will review a draft guide designed to assist Local Authorities across the EU to revitalise the traditional retail sector. The Guide is being developed following a seminar in Brussels at which key stakeholders identified the challenges facing traditional small retailers. Tara Buckley highlighted the need for Town Centre Health Checks; the development of town plans and investment and incentives to revitalise local shopping.
RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley attended a round table discussion at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation (DJEI) (Monday 3 April). The select forum heard the preliminary findings of new qualitative research about industry concerns about the impact of Brexit on the retail, food and drink and IT sectors and provided feedback.
RGDATA has made a submission to A Vision for Ireland 2020 the National Planning Framework calling for vibrant towns and local communities to be prioritised in the strategy for the development of Ireland over the next 20 years. Click here to read the RGDATA submission.
Tara Buckley highlighted shop owners' concerns about spiralling insurance costs on the Marian Finnucane Show on Sunday 2 April on RTE Radio 1.
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