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

The Scottish Government recognises the financial challenges facing Taxi Drivers and Operators as a result of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant which has caused a significant reduction in the demand for taxis and private hire vehicles as a result of measures introduced to control the spread.

In recognition of these challenges, Ministers have earmarked £28 million specifically to provide financial support to the taxi sector for fixed costs.  Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle drivers who previously received a grant under the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Support Fund 2021 will receive a one-off grant of £750 from their local authority.

This fund is being administered by Local Authorities, and on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council we are pleased to confirm you may be eligible as you previously received a grant under the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Operator Support Fund 2021.  To verify that and to process payment we require you to complete and return the declaration below including supporting information where that is requested.

Closing date for applications: 25th March 2022

 
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Eligibility
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Have you held a valid licence continuously in Argyll and Bute from the 9th October 2020, which remains current and valid as at 31st January 2022? *
Have you experienced loss of income (50% of turnover, compared with December 2019) and incurred overhead costs and expenses? *
Are you working or available for work as a taxi or private hire vehicle driver since 9th December 2021? *
Have you breached COVID regulations/requirements since March 2020? *
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? *
Do you understand that any payment received must be declared to HMRC as appropriate as part of the tax return for the business? *

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

Personal Details
Subsidy Control/Public Sector Support

Please detail any public sector support you have received from UK, Scottish, Local Government and/or any other publicly funded body (e.g. Scottish Enterprise) over the last 3 years including any funding received under the De minimis aid regulation or COVID related business grant support. Please add in additional rows if required.

Declaration

I am applying in full knowledge that the purpose of this grant is to provide support with fixed operation costs to taxi businesses  experiencing a significant reduction in demand as a result of measures introduced to the control the spread of the Omicron variant  I confirm that:

  • I am authorised to make this application on behalf of the above business and that the business operates or is headquartered in this Local Authority area.
  • I understand that any payment received is taxable and must be declared to HMRC as appropriate as part of the tax return for the business.
  • I confirm that I have considered the impact that any payment from the Fund may have on any insurance claim I may have made or be making.
  • I certify that the information provided in this application is correct and understand that if any information provided is later found to be false, repayment of funding may be required and depending on circumstances criminal proceedings might be instigated.
I understand that I am required to notify the Local Authority I am applying to of any material changes that may affect the eligibility of my business to receive future payments.