Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Scheme

Information on the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Scheme.

Your invite to apply

We'll write to or email all eligible driver licensees after 20 January to brief them on their potential entitlement and invite them to provide relevant supporting information declarations.

Payment will be made within 4 weeks, from receipt of any and all relevant supporting information  needed, and where the eligibility criteria have all been met.

On 9 December 2020, the Scottish Government announced its intention to establish a specific fund to give financial support to taxi and private hire vehicle drivers in Scotland in recognition of the significant disruption that you've experienced as a result of restrictions introduced to control the spread of Covid-19. This fund has now launched and is giving one-off grants of £1,500 to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

More details on this announcement can be found at the Scottish Government's website at www.gov.scot/news/support-for-taxi-and-private-hire-drivers or at www.findbusinesssupport.gov.scot.

If you're claiming Universal Credit this won't stop you from applying for this grant. Taxi and private hire drivers who have received state benefits at any time since March last year will now be eligible for the £1,500 business support grant so long as you meet the other conditions. However, when you get the payment this will count as income for Universal Credit purposes. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) may reduce the amount of Universal Credit you're entitled to. The Scottish Government are in discussion with the DWP about this matter and will advise on any update.

If you need information about Universal Credit, or other Social Security benefits, our Money Advice and Rights team (MART) can offer free, impartial and confidential advice.

Contact MART.

How to apply

Please note, you'll need the following documents to hand to complete the application form:

  • National Insurance number
  • Bank statement within the last 3 months

Apply online

Last modified on 26th January 2021

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