Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund
In recognition of the significant financial hardships and risks for businesses as a result of the Coronavirus protective measures, the Scottish Government is making available a range of grants to businesses. The Council has been asked to deliver a number of these grant schemes on behalf of the Scottish Government – one of which is the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund.
On 9 December 2020, the Scottish Government announced its intention to establish this specific fund to provide financial support to taxi and private hire vehicle drivers in Scotland in recognition of the significant disruption that they have experienced as a result of restrictions introduced to control the spread of COVID-19. This fund has now launched and is providing one-off grants of £1,500 to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Further details on this announcement can be found at the Scottish Government’s website or at FindBusinessSupport.scot.
Taxi drivers in receipt of state benefits payments (Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support) are eligible. It will be for drivers, based on their individual financial circumstances, to consider any implications tax wise or indeed for other financial support and benefits that they receive.
To apply for this grant, applicants are required to be licensed for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021; this excludes all drivers whose licenses were suspended on or before 31 December 2020, and that remains current and valid. You must not have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions.
You must confirm (self-declaration) that up to 31 December 2020:
- you have experienced loss of income as a taxi or private hire driver (50% of turnover, compared with 2019) and incurred overhead costs and expenses;
- you are or have been working or available for work as a taxi or private hire driver;
- you do not have connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020.
- you have not applied for this grant from any other Local Authority
If you do not qualify please see our Support for business page
The Scottish Government has not currently imposed a closing date for this fund but we urge eligible drivers to apply as soon as possible.