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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:22 pm 
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Taxi drivers, market traders and childcare providers could be eligible for support grants

Taxi drivers in Kirklees who work in a Covid-secure way could be eligible for a £1,000 support grant.

And self-employed or home-based businesses in the borough – such as childcare providers – could get up to £9,000 if they have been required to close during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kirklees Council has been handed an extra £3.9m to distribute to businesses and self-employed people who meet the relevant criteria.

The cash follows the expansion by the government of the Covid-19 Discretionary Support Grant Scheme. The money is administered by local authorities such as Kirklees.

The Discretionary Support Grant give financial help to self-employed people like as taxi drivers and home-based businesses, as well as businesses that have been legally required to close from November 5 2020, but are not registered for business rates, such as daily licence market traders selling non-essential goods.

Those businesses that have remained open but have been severely impacted by Covid restrictions, like childcare providers, can also claim help under the scheme.

The changes will see top-up payments of up to £9,000 for eligible businesses to match the Closed Business Lockdown Payments announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as a result of the latest national lockdown, which began on January 5.

Self-employed applicants will no longer have to demonstrate that they have not received other government financial support, and payments will be increased.

Taxi drivers could also receive up to £1,000 for using Covid-secure working practices.

Council Leader Clr Shabir Pandor encouraged people to go online to check whether they are eligible.

He said: “Businesses should look on the council’s website to see if they qualify for support and make a claim as soon as possible if they do.”

The council has so far paid out almost £130m to more than 11,000 shops, pubs, restaurants and other businesses across the local economy.

Staff have been redeployed from their normal duties to assist in making payments.

Clr Pandor added: “I’ve been incredibly impressed by the resilience of businesses in the face of challenges created by Covid-19 and it’s vital we do all we can to help them stay afloat.

“We’re giving ourselves a better chance for a speedy economic recovery once we’re able to return to some sort of normality.”

Other government grants are still available to claim, including Christmas support for pubs that predominately sell alcohol.

The application closing date for the “wet-led pub” payment has recently been extended to midnight on February 28.

For the latest information about business grants, and to apply, go to www.kirklees.gov.uk/coronavirusbusiness

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:24 pm 
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And Colchester drivers to get £500.

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/190 ... ort-grant/

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:28 pm 
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And looks like Plymouth drivers will be getting f*** all.

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/p ... id-5013492

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Peterborough drivers to get £300.

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/hea ... ic-3138281

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:27 pm 
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CWAC (Cheshire West and Chester) Council has been about as helpful as a flammable fire extinguisher.
The only ‘help’ they gave us during the first lockdown was being able to obtain a normal MOT instead of a ‘taxi test ‘ one, and drivers who couldn’t afford to license their cabs were allowed to let them expire for up to six months (but not be able to work) without them needing to relicense a new cab as per our entry criteria. That has all come to an end. After months of badgering by out Hackney association, they have agreed to a one off £500 payment, but only to those drivers who haven’t been furloughed or been eligible for the SEISS grant!!!!!


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CWAC (Cheshire West and Chester) Council has been about as helpful as a flammable fire extinguisher.
The only ‘help’ they gave us during the first lockdown was being able to obtain a normal MOT instead of a ‘taxi test ‘ one, and drivers who couldn’t afford to license their cabs were allowed to let them expire for up to six months (but not be able to work) without them needing to relicense a new cab as per our entry criteria. That has all come to an end. After months of badgering by out Hackney association, they have agreed to a one off £500 payment, but only to those drivers who haven’t been furloughed or been eligible for the SEISS grant!!!!!



that's more than our council did

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:22 am 
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Sussex wrote:
Peterborough drivers to get £300.

Another one just eligible for licence holders living in the council area.

But at least it's just £300 (if you get my drift).


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By the way, did anyone notice the photo the Peterborough Telegraph used to illustrate the article yesterday?

Is that driver's gesticulation what I think it is? :-s

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Think he is saying if you don't get out of the f***ing way I'm going to run you over.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:18 am 
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Think he is saying if you don't get out of the f***ing way I'm going to run you over.

:shock:


his rank is in the middle of the road

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