Coronavirus (Covid 19) Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund

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The purpose of this fund is to provide a one-off grant payment of £1,500 to licensed taxi or private hire car drivers. To be eligible you must meet all the following criteria.
Have you been licensed as a taxi/private hire driver in Argyll and Bute for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021? *
Up to 31 December 2020, have you experienced a loss of income as a taxi or private hire driver (50% of your turnover, compared with 2019) and incurred overhead costs and expenses? *
Are you or have you been working or available for work as a taxi/private hire driver up to 31 December 2020? *
Have you breached any wider COVID-19 regulations or requirements prior to local restrictions (for example received a fixed penalty notice)? *
Have you applied to any other local authority for the same grant? *
Are you connected to a tax haven as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020? *

If you receive the grant you can continue to work or take on other employment including voluntary work.

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State Aid

These grants are considered ‘State Aid’ under European Commission rules, which can limit the amount of such aid per recipient.

The European Commission Temporary Framework enables Members States to grant aid to undertakings facing difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Temporary Framework covers support granted to businesses which were not already in financial difficulty on 31 December 2019, and aid support granted to businesses no later than 31 December 2020.

The De minimis Regulation enables a business to receive public funding of up to €200,000 over a three year period (note different rules apply to agriculture and fisheries).

Further information on State Aid is available at:

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The information provided by you on this form will be used by Argyll and Bute Council to process your application. It may be shared with other outside agencies in the interests of preventing fraud.

Please be advised that if any fraudulent claims are found, Argyll and Bute Council may seek recovery of overpayments. This could include criminal proceedings.

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit or some other Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits, receiving this grant may affect your benefit entitlement. This could mean you need to pay some money back to DWP, or that your future payments are reduced.  You may also be able to deduct some business expenses.  How this affects you depends on your individual circumstances. You may wish to contact DWP to confirm how it would affect you. If you are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction from your Local Authority you are also under a duty to report this grant to the local authority’s benefits or council tax service.

I declare that the particulars given by me on this form are true, and hereby make application to Argyll and Bute Council for a taxi or private hire driver support grant of £1,500.