If you are a licensed taxi or private hire driver experiencing financial challenge as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be eligible to receive a one-off grant of £1,500.
This support is separate from and in addition to any other funding you may have received from the Scottish or UK Government, for example the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the COVID-19 Public Transport Mitigation Fund.
If you are eligible for a grant your local authority will get in touch with you, starting from week commencing 18 January 2021.
If you have not been contacted by your local authority by 25 March then please contact them by this date.
If you have received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Support Fund this will not now affect any Universal Credit payments you are also receiving.
You will still need to declare the grant to the Department of Work and Pensions, but they have confirmed that any grants paid through this scheme will not count towards any Universal Credit entitlement.
Local councils contacted all licensed taxi and private hire vehicle drivers in January to invite them to verify their eligibility for this grant. If you have been putting off replying to the fund because you were unsure how this would affect any Universal Credit payments you are receiving, please act now to claim the £1500 grant. We have extended the closing date for claims to 25 March 2021.