Questions and answers (FAQs)
Are drivers who aren’t self-employed eligible for the grant?
The fund is for individual taxi or private hire drivers who have been licensed for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021, and who meet the all the eligibility criteria as set out in the guidance. As noted in the guidance, local authorities request additional evidence to determine eligibility, using self-declaration where appropriate.
Is there a minimum level of normal business activity necessary to qualify for the grant?
There is no minimum level of business activity required for drivers to be eligible for a grant.
Can bank accounts be accepted that are not in the name of the driver (for example, when the account is in the driver’s partners name)?
In exceptional circumstance, where the driver does not have a bank account, a different account can be used as long as the local authority is satisfied the account is genuine, is being used for business activity and the driver has completed a valid application.
Are drivers who did not hold a licence during 2019, but held a licence between 9 October 2020 and 31 January 2021, eligible if they are unable to certify that they have experienced a loss in turnover of 50% compared to 2019 in that time frame.
The fund is intended to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19 and when considering the criteria for loss of income, there is discretion to apply a different period of time for this. However a licence must have been held for the required time period and a loss of income experienced.
What about drivers who have been unable to work due to health conditions but hold a licence?
The fund is to support those experiencing financial challenge as a result of coronavirus. To be eligible, a driver must have held a licence continuously for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January, and meet all the eligibility criteria. Drivers must also, up to 31 December 2020, be or have been working or available for work as a taxi or private hire driver.
Can taxi drivers who have immigrated to the UK access this grant as they are ineligible to receive public funds?
Payments from the taxi fund would not fall within any of the categories listed in the definition of “public funds” in paragraph 6 of the immigration rules. On that basis, payments from the taxi fund would not be payments which an individual granted leave to remain without recourse to public funds would be prevented from receiving. This is subject to the individual’s status would need to be confirmed.
How does the taxi and private driver grant impact on Council Tax Reduction?
Taxi driver fund payments will be disregarded in the calculation of council tax reduction.
What powers are local authorities using to award these grants?
Section 20 of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003
Are drivers who applied for a licence prior to 9 October 2020 but didn’t have it granted until after this date eligible?
No, a driver must have held a licence continuously for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January
Are drivers in receipt of financial support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughed) eligible for a grant through this scheme?
Yes, drivers in receipt of support through the UK Government's coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible for a grant through this scheme