Taxi Business Support Grant (Additional Restriction Grant - Closing Date 30 June 21)

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Taxi Business Support Grant (ARG)(Closing Date 30 June 2021) - Introduction

A one-off grant of £750.00 for taxi drivers paid from discretionary funds (Additional Restrictions Grant fund (ARG)).

The requirements and conditions of this grant are subject to availability of funds. For full details, please see the discretionary grant policy (opens in a new window).

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

Criteria

To apply, a taxi driver must meet all of the following:

  1. has a current valid taxi driver licence
  2. has been working as a taxi driver since at least up to and including 1 April 2021
  3. lives in the Mansfield District Council 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 Mansfield District Council area
  • former taxi drivers who are no longer operating

What you will get

We will award a grant of £750 per eligible licencee.

Taxation

  • Grant income received by a business is taxable. The grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.
  • Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax. Unincorporated businesses will be taxed when they receive the grant income.

Subsidy Controls

New subsidy allowances were established for the COVID-19 business grants schemes with effect from 4 March 2021, these limit the amount of grants a business can receive and was previously referred to as state aid. There are three allowances:

There are three subsidy allowances set out below: Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance (limit £335,000), the COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance (limit £1,935,000) and the COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance (£9,000,000).

Important! - Before starting the application process, please ensure that you have to hand the total amount of assistance you have received to date due to COVID-19 schemes such as grants and SEISS payments as you will be asked about this during the application process.

Further information about Subsidy Controls.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a Taxi Business Support Grant (ARG), you will need to read the eligibility criteria in the MDC Covid Business Grants Support Policy (opens in a new window) before completing the application form below.

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

1 x bank account statement

A pdf, scan, photo, or screenshot of your recent bank statement showing:

  • sort code, account number, name and address of the current account holder (this will be externally verified)

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

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

Closing date and grant payments

The application window closes at 5pm on Wednesday 30 June 2021. Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis, subject to available funds. There is no right of appeal against discretionary grant decisions.

Important! Due to additional mandatory pre-payment checks introduced by the government from April 2021, we are required to conduct checks on both your business and your bank account before any payments are issued which will have an impact on how quickly we can decide your application.

We aim to decide fully complete applications within 10 working days of receipt and aim to pay funding to successful applicants within 3 working daysof the application being approved. It is essential that all of the required evidence and information is provided to avoid additional delays.

If the application is not accompanied by all necessary supporting evidence, the Council will email you to advise that information is missing. The application will not be processed until this evidence is received, i.e. the onus is on you to provide the evidence in a timely manner. If you do not respond within 3 working days of the email from the Council your application will be automatically be withdrawn. No further contact will be made.

Fraud

The Council and the Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The Council will continue to ensure the safe administration of grants and that appropriate measures are put in place to mitigate against the risks of both fraud and payment error.

The Government Grants Management Function and Counter Fraud Function will support the Council to carry out post-event assurance work to identify high risk payments and to estimate and measure the likely incidence of fraud and error that has occurred in the scheme.

Where checks discover that payments have been made in error or have been claimed as a result of fraud, any initial recovery action will be undertaken by the Local Authority.

Collection and use of personal data in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018

The Council will use the information provided by you for the assessment of your application (including to confirm information about you and your bank account from credit referencing agencies to confirm bank account validity and your identity) and to ensure our records are correct.

Applicants personal data will be disclosed to fraud prevention (and/or detection bodies) for the purpose of assisting the prevention and detection of fraud. If you provide false or inaccurate information, we will record this.

Grant recipients personal data will also be shared with the relevant Government Departments, for example HMRC and BEIS. The information may be used by BEIS for research and evaluation purposes and you may be contacted by BEIS for survey purposes.

For more information about Data Protection, please see our Data Protection Policy webpage.

Declarations

All applicants are required to confirm that they are eligible for the grant scheme, including that any payments accepted will be in compliance with Subsidy control requirements.

All businesses are required to confirm that they understand that that their personal data will be used and shared by the Council with other bodies to prevent and detect fraud and for grant scheme research evaluation purposes (including BEIS surveys).

Any business falsifying their records to gain additional grant will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered.

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