Liverpool City Region Combined Authority confirmed on Monday 8th February 2021 that a further £2m fund had been established to enable its six local authorities to contribute to the costs of taxi licences, for taxi driver’s severely impacted by COVID-19.
Established in October last year, the first round of the fund enabled the six local authorities to provide £100 each towards the cost of the taxi licence for taxi drivers resident in the Liverpool City Region.
The Leaders and Acting Mayor of the City Region’s six local authorities and the Metro Mayor have now agreed to increase that fund to a maximum of £3.5 million.
The fund will enable all of the city region’s local authorities to top up schemes which benefit local taxi drivers in addition to what is available to them through national support schemes, such as SEISS (the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme).
All payments have now been made to eligible drivers that were licenced with Sefton Council and the scheme is now closed.
In Round One of the scheme we paid 2,620 drivers a total of £262,000 in grants and in round two we paid 3,241 drivers £648,200 in grants.