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).
Guidance and eligibility
Drivers who were licensed with Sefton on 23rd March 2020 (when the first lockdown was announced) and live in one of the six local authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, St Helen’s, Sefton and Halton) have now been contacted via letter about the second round of this grant scheme.
Those who received the first round of funding should have automatically received their second round £200 grant payment already.
Drivers who did not apply for the first round of funding have now been issued with their grant payments too, totalling £103,600 as of Monday 19th April 2021.
Anyone who is yet to receive a grant payment should check that they have completed the required e-form, as outlined in their letter with a unique weblink. Once completed, drivers should receive their £200 payment within 48 hours.
The scheme closes on Sunday 25th April 2021 & no further applications will be processed after this date.
Your continued patience as we administer this scheme is greatly appreciated.