Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

Taxi/Private Hire support

Updated 26 March

Applications to this fund closed on Thursday 25 March 2021.

The Covid-19 Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund is being administered by South Lanarkshire Council on behalf of the Scottish Government. This is to help with the loss of income for taxi and private hire drivers licensed in South Lanarkshire due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Universal Credit

If you have received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver 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.

The Scottish Government has suggested that if you have been putting off applying to the fund because you were unsure how this would affect ay Universal Credit payments you are receiving, you should act now to claim the payment. The closing date has been extended to 25 March 2021 to allow for this.  

Please read the following information carefully before you complete the online application form.

You will need to provide the following supporting information - we cannot process your application without it:

  • one full bank statement dated within the last 3 months. This should show clearly your name, address, account number and sort code.
  • details of all previous support received from UK, Scottish or local government support schemes

We can accept pdfs and photos of paper statements. If you do your banking online you should be able to download a pdf statement.

We may ask for additional supporting information depending on how you answer some of the questions.

If your statement not clear when you upload it, this will delay your application as we will need to come back to you for more information.

How much is the grant and who is it for?

The Scottish Government has provided a fund to make a payment of £1500 to eligible taxi and private hire drivers.

How do I know if I am eligible?

You must be able to satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • you hold a current taxi or private hire driver licence issued by South Lanarkshire Council which is valid for the period 9 October 2020 to 31 January 2021
  • your licence has not been suspended prior to 31 December 2020
  • you have had a loss of income or turnover up to 31 December 2020 of 50% compared with 2019 and you have incurred overhead costs and expenses during that period
  • you have been working or available to work as a taxi or private hire driver up to 31 December 2020
  • you have not breached COVID regulations or requirements prior to local restrictions
  • you do not have connections to tax havens (as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland)(No.2) Act 2020)
  • you must declare all previous support received from UK, Scottish or local government support schemes

How long will it take before I receive my payment?

We will have a large number of applications which must be verified and checked before approval. We have a dedicated team working on this to ensure applications are processed as quickly as possible, but it will take some time so please be patient. We will contact you to advise of the outcome of your application. Payment will be made within four weeks of receiving a fully completed and verified application.

If my application is refused can I appeal?

There is a right of appeal and full details will be provided in the decision notice, provide to you if you are unsuccessful.