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 £10,000 in total for both elements.
For the driver element local authorities will make a payment of a further £1,500 to all drivers who previously received a grant under the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund.
Amounts payable will be differentiated and scaled, with a base grant payable to owner-operators with one vehicle, and higher grants for those operators holding multiple vehicle licences. The grant is payable based on the number of vehicle licences each owner/operator holds, as follows.
Local authorities will administer the grants and will be responsible for delivering the funding to eligible taxi and private hire drivers and licenced private hire and taxi operators. The Scottish Government will fund local authorities to make these payments.
Local authorities 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.
Local authorities will begin to contact all eligible vehicle licence holders from mid-June to brief them on their potential entitlement and invite them to provide relevant supporting information and bank details. Local authorities will aim to make payments in June/July, subject to receiving any relevant supporting information required, and where the eligibility criteria have all been met.
Payments will be made into a business bank account, where possible, and personal accounts.
The core criteria for the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund - gov.scot (www.gov.scot) was as follows:
For the driver element of the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2021-22, a one-off grant of £1,500 is payable based on the following criteria:
For the operator element of the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2021-22 eligibility is based on the following 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.
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.
You do not need to apply – your local authority will get in touch with you by letter, email or other communication method in June. You should therefore not contact your local Authority in the interim as this may divert staff resources form work to deliver prompt payments.
Local Authorities have however been asked to ensure access to information is not wholly online, and that advice is available to individuals if required.