COVID-19 Business Funds

Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Driver and Operator Support Fund - driver element

What can I get?

The Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2021-22 assumes that local authorities will making separate payments to eligible drivers and operators, based on distinct criteria, and capped by each individual local authority at £10k in total for both elements. 

For the driver element local authorities will make a payment of a further £1.5k to all drivers who previously received a grant under the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund.

When will I get this grant?

We will begin to process payments towards the end of week commencing 7 June 2021, or earlier if possible. Payments will be made into a business bank account, where possible, and personal accounts.

Eligibility

The core criteria for the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund was:

  • a taxi or private hire driver holding a valid licence for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021
  • are or have been working or available for work as a taxi or private hire driver
  • experienced loss of income (50% of turnover, compared with 2019) and incurred overhead costs and expenses

For the driver element of the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2021-22, a one-off grant of £1.5k is payable based on the following criteria:

  • the driver must have previously received a grant from the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund earlier in 2021
  • their local authority taxi or private hire driver licence must remain current and valid as at 3 June 2021

Other eligibility criteria

Both taxi and private hire drivers and taxis and private hire operators applying for support must also meet the following criteria and where necessary supply appropriate documentation to substantiate each:

  • they must not have breached wider COVID-19 regulations/requirements
  • they must not have connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (Nov.) Act 2020
  • applicants may be required to declare all previous support received from UK or Scottish or Local Government support schemes to provide local authorities with the necessary information to ensure payments are made correctly and compliant with EC State Aid limits/UK Government subsidy control policies

Tax and benefits

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The operator element of the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Grant income through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support will be regarded as capital by the Department for Work and Pensions. Recipients this support who are also in receipt of working age benefits must declare the grant to the Department of Work and Pensions in order to have it taken into account when calculating their benefit entitlements.

How do I apply?

You do not need to apply, we will get in touch with you by letter, email or other communication method in June. You should therefore not contact us in the interim as this may divert staff resources form work to deliver prompt payments.

When will this scheme close?

If you have been contacted and asked to complete a form, please note the deadline for submitting applications has been extended to 23 July 2021. Applications received after this date will not be processed.