he motion is timely following the report in January of the cost of insurance working group on the cost of employers’ and public liability insurance. The report is the second piece of work from the working group, the first being the work it carried out on the issue of motor insurance. While there have been some small and welcome reductions in the cost of motor premiums, the motor insurance sector remains problematic and continues to impact on the cost of doing business and costs for ordinary citizens and households. The motion is comprehensive. I agree that there is an urgent need to implement the 15 action points referenced in the report of the cost of insurance working group.
When the Minister and the Minister of State are rambling around the country, they always say that access to working capital is the key issue for SMEs. How are Microfinance Ireland and credit schemes for indigenous companies performing, in particular the credit guarantee scheme, CGS, 2017? The counter guarantee scheme still awaits the publication of a statutory instrument.
The Government announced a new €300 million Brexit fund. How will that operate in particular to support SMEs?