Grant scheme extended to include self-employed taxi and private hire drivers

Friday, 19 February, 2021

Self-employed taxi and private hire drivers licensed with Havant Borough Council that live outside the borough and have not been able to obtain a grant from the local authority they live in can apply now for an Additional Restrictions Grant.

Some local rules will have excluded drivers that are licensed outside the area where they live, making them unable to qualify for financial support.

These drivers must be able to demonstrate that they have been significantly affected by business closures during either the local Tier Four restrictions that were in force for the period 20 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 or the national lockdown restrictions that came into force on 5 January 2021.

Successful applicants will receive £500 for the first 28 days and £250 for every 14 days after that (subject to grant funding being available).

Councillor Mark Inkster, Cabinet Lead for Finance at Havant Borough Council, said: “With the country in lockdown and people not travelling to airports or making non-essential journeys, many taxi and private hire drivers will have had fewer opportunities to earn.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to find a way to support these drivers.”

To find out more and to apply, visit: www.havant.gov.uk/additional-restrictions-grant