Roy Beggs MLA, the Ulster Unionist member who highlighted the injustice of the initial Taxi Driver COVID Support scheme at the Infrastructure Committee, has welcomed the latest Taxi Driver Support scheme reported to the committee and which has been passed by the Minister to the Executive for approval.
Roy Beggs said:
“Taxi drivers who had taken even a few weeks insurance holiday had a valid grievance when they were excluded from the initial Taxi Driver COVID support scheme. I am pleased that a new scheme has been proposed to the Northern Ireland Executive which would provide further support during the current lockdown and enables proportionate support to those who may have been previously excluded. It proposes that a £250 support grant be paid for each 30-day block period for qualifying taxi drivers.
“I commended the officials at today`s committee when they confirmed to me that the proposed second scheme would also enable those who may have missed the brief application window of the earlier scheme to seek support for the earlier part of the year. I hope that the Executive will approve the scheme outlined to the committee and that early support be given to drivers to enable them to enhance their income during the restrictions.”