Taxi business support grant

Additional restrictions grant - taxi driver (January 2021)

The taxi business support grant, known as the additional restrictions grant - taxi driver (January 2021), is a £500 discretionary grant that aims to help cover business costs for taxi drivers.

Taxi drivers are largely self-employed and whilst they can claim some support for loss of income, they are still required to maintain or rent a vehicle and pay the annual licence fees.

To be eligible, taxi drivers must provide evidence of ongoing costs in relation to their vehicle outgoings, such as rent/lease and direct payment of licence fees.

The council is writing to all current taxi licence holders to tell them about this grant.

Eligibility

You need to meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a taxi business support grant:

  • Have a current valid driver's licence allowing operation as a taxi
  • Have been working as a taxi driver in the Hinckley and Bosworth area for at least 12 Months before 5 January 2021
  • Live in the Hinckley and Bosworth area

Exclusions

The following taxi drivers are not eligible to apply:

  • Taxi drivers that do not have a current valid licence
  • Taxi drivers that do not live in the Hinckley and Bosworth area
  • Former taxi drivers who are no longer operating

The requirements and conditions of this grant are subject to availability of funds.

There is no right to appeal against discretionary decisions. The decision of the council is final.

What you'll get

You'll receive a single fixed payment of £500 if you're eligible. Deadline to claim is 7 March 2021.

How to claim

To claim the taxi business support grant:

Apply for the taxi business support grant (grantapproval.co.uk)

What you need to apply

  • Your Hackney Carriage/private hire driver licence number - it can be located on your badge
  • Bank details of the account you use for your business - sort code, account number and name on the account
  • Your taxi vehicle registration number (number plate)

Documents you need to upload in the application

Make sure you have the evidence required before you begin to avoid the application timing out:

  • One bank account statement – this can be a pdf, scan, photo, or screenshot of your recent bank statement showing sort code, account number and name on the account
  • Proof of where you live - a pdf, scan, photo, or screenshot of utility bill/bank statement showing your current address
  • Proof of licence - a pdf, scan, photo, or screenshot of your taxi driver licence
  • Evidence of lost income - This can include income analysis, details of cancelled bookings, orders or appointments

Any individual or business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution. Any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

How you're paid

Your grant will be paid directly into the bank account you requested on your application form. We aim to process applications and pay you as quickly as possible – as long as it's completed and all necessary evidence is provided.

We recognise the importance of getting support to COVID-19 affected businesses as quickly as possible. As such, we're prioritising making payments for this grant.

State aid

This grant is considered by the government as a state aid and will therefore be awarded under the either of the following regimes:

  • EU State De-Minimis regulation
  • The UK Covid-19 temporary framework

You will be asked to make a state aid declaration as part of your application

Tax

Grant income received is taxable. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Last updated: ‎05‎/‎02‎/‎2021‎ ‎10‎:‎03‎