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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund

Published: 18 Jan 2021
Last updated: 25 Mar 2021 - see all updates

Grants to support taxi and private hire drivers in Scotland.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund
Who is eligible

Who is eligible

You may be eligible for a £1,500 grant if you are a taxi or private hire driver and have been licensed for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021. This does not include drivers whose licenses were suspended on or before 31 December 2020 and that remains current and valid.

You must confirm that up to 31 December 2020:

  • you have experienced loss of income (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

Your local authority may ask to you to provide additional evidence to confirm if you are eligible. They will of course need your bank account details.

In addition you must:

  • not have breached COVID-19 regulations
  • not have connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus regulations
  • declare all previous support from UK, Scottish or local government support schemes

Taxi drivers in receipt of state benefits payments (Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support) are now eligible. We amended the eligibility criteria, having written to the Department for Work and Pensions seeking assurances that the grant would not impact on Universal Credit payments

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit or some other DWP benefits, receiving this Grant may affect your benefit entitlement.  This could mean you need to pay some money back to DWP, or that your future payments are reduced.  You may also be able to deduct some business expenses.  How this affects you depends on your individual circumstances. You may wish to contact DWP to confirm how it would affect you.

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.


First published: 18 Jan 2021 Last updated: 25 Mar 2021 -