Under the Scottish Government scheme to help Taxi Drivers and Private Hire drivers, the Council is paying grants of £1,500.
We have emailed most of the drivers in North Ayrshire with details of the new scheme with an application form to complete and return.
If you have a Taxi Driver's Licence or a Private Hire Car Driver's Licence from North Ayrshire Council but you have not received an email from us, please contact us on:tphdgrants@North-Ayrshire.gov.uk and we will send you an application form.
Information for claimants
Do I qualify for this grant?
You can get a grant if all of these apply to you:
- You had (or still have) a “Taxi Driver's Licence” or a “Private Hire Car Driver's Licence”; (this means a Licence with a number like “TDL/1234” or “PHCDL/1234”).
- Your licence which was granted by North Ayrshire Council. (if you have a Licence from another Council, you should ask them if you can get a grant from them).
- Your licence was in force in all of the period 9 October 2020 to 31 January 2021 (this excludes drivers whose licences were suspended on or before 31 December 2020 if the suspension is still in effect).
- You were working as a Taxi or Private Hire Car driver up to 31 December 2020, or you were available for work as a Taxi or Private Hire Car driver up to 31 December 2020.
- Your income for the year up to 31 December 2020 was less than 50% of your income for previous year; (We will check our records to confirm that you held a licence during 2019).
- You have not breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions.
- Your business is not associated with a 'Tax Haven'.
I have an Operator's Licence, can I get a grant?
You cannot apply if the only licence you had was an Operator's Licence (a Taxi Licence or a Private Hire Car Licence. (this means a Licence with a number like “TL/123” or “PHCL/123).
If you have both an Operator's Licence and a Driver's Licence from the Council you can apply).
Does the Council Grant affect state benefits like Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is paid by the Department of Work and Pensions of the UK Government (DWP). The Council cannot make decisions about Universal Credit. The Scottish Government have asked the DWP to agree that the grant should not affect benefit entitlement, but at the moment you should assume that the Grant might affect any State Benefits which you have been paid or have applied for, such as:
- Universal Credit
- Statutory Sick Pay
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Income Support
Why does the form ask about breaching COVID regulations?
This grant is paid under the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020 to help people who have been financially affected by COVID. If you have been charged with breaking COVID rules or had a Fixed Penalty then you do not qualify for a grant.
Why does the form ask about Tax Havens?
We can't pay grants to people linked to 'Tax Havens'. If your business is not linked to any other business you can say no to:
- Are you connected to a tax haven as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020?"
A 'Tax Haven' is a place outside the European Union which is listed on the European Union website at:
- does not include any part of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
- applies even after BREXIT
- applies to this grant because of Section 16(7) of the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020.
The 'Tax Haven' rule applies because of a Scottish Parliament Act, and does not depend on the UK's membership of the EU.
What happens after I apply?
We will check our records to show that you qualify for the grant.
We will make a decision on your Application within 4 weeks, and we will email you to confirm the outcome of your application. If we think you do qualify, we will pay the grant into your bank account.
If we think you do not qualify, we will write to you to say so. If you are not happy with our decision you can ask for an appeal and for us to review our decision within 2 weeks of being notified. We will undertake a review of the decision and notify you of the outcome.
Will I have to repay the grant?
No, unless we think that any information you have given us in not correct. If we think this, you will have to repay the grant and we might inform the Police.
Where can I get more information?
Details of the grant can be found on the The Scottish Government website