Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA)
The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) gives
support to you if you want to start your own business.
To qualify you must be getting Jobseeker’s Benefit
(JB). The allowance replaces your JB with a weekly
payment of a similar amount. If approved, STEA is
payable for the remainder of your JB claim.
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA)
This payment allows those who are long-term
unemployed to keep their social welfare payment
while setting up a business.
You may get your full social welfare payment in the
first year and three-quarters of it in the second year.
To qualify, you must set up a business that a Local
Development Company has recommended and a
Case Officer has approved in writing in advance, and
be in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, or Jobseeker’s
Benefit (with an underlying entitlement to
Jobseeker’s Allowance) for at least 9 months or one of
the other qualifying payments for at least 12 months.