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Grant funding increased for taxi drivers in Wales affected by loss of income over the festive period

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Job : Fri 14 January 2022

The Welsh Government has doubled the subsidies given to taxi drivers in Wales to cover their loss of income over the festive period.

Taxi drivers will now be able to claim up to £1,000 if their receipts were cut by 50%, making the grant more accessible for those in need.

The grant available has been increased from an initial figure of £500.

The grant program aims to support businesses with their immediate cash and help them survive the economic consequences of the additional restrictions introduced on December 26, 2021 to control the spread of Covid-19.

Welsh Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said:

“Following discussions with partners, industry and unions, we have raised the price for eligible sole traders, freelancers and taxi drivers who do not pay £1,000 fares.”

Unite Union said: ‘The earnings of Welsh taxi drivers have been hit hard following the introduction of tighter covid restrictions in Wales.

Unite regional agent Alan McCarthy commented; “Taxi drivers in Wales will breathe a little easier with this increase in financial support which Unite has secured through constructive dialogue with the Welsh Government.”

“With the restrictions in place, earning opportunities for drivers have been severely affected.”

“Much of the taxi business relies on the hospitality industry. ”

“The Christmas and New Year period has always been a key time for the exchange in Wales, and the income they make should help them through the historically tougher times in January.”

The latest round of financial support for Flintshire businesses hit by Covid restrictions is now live

Hospitality, tourism, leisure and retail sectors in Flintshire affected by the current coronavirus restrictions can apply online for emergency financial assistance from today.

The grant program aims to support businesses with their immediate cash and help them survive the economic consequences of the additional restrictions introduced on December 26, 2021 necessary to control the spread of Covid-19.

The funding is intended to cover business impact from December 13, 2021 through February 14, 2022.

The latest round of grants is designed to provide additional support for those who receive a business rate bill for premises they occupy with a rateable value of up to £500,000.

Eligible businesses will be eligible for a grant payment of:

  • £2,000 for eligible hospitality, tourism, leisure and retail businesses with Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) occupying properties with a rateable value of up to £12,000.
  • £4,000 for qualifying hospitality, tourism, leisure and tourism businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £12,001 to £51,000.
  • £6,000 for qualifying hospitality, tourism, leisure and retail businesses occupying properties with a rateable value between £51,001 and £500,000.

The schemes are also open to supply chain companies in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and retail sectors that have experienced a 40% reduction in turnover as a direct result of recent limitations.

The Council also administers a discretionary fund to support businesses that do not pay business rates.

A grant of £500 is available for hospitality, tourism, retail and supply chain businesses that do not employ anyone other than the owner and do not own property.

A grant of £2,000 is available for hospitality, tourism, retail and supply chain businesses that do not have property but employ staff through PAYE (in addition to the owner) .

The non-domestic rate scheme is now open for applications and the discretionary scheme is expected to open for applications during the week beginning January 17. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2022.

Flintshire County Council Leader Councilor Ian Roberts said:

“We continue to play a central role in the administration of the Welsh Government’s latest support package. We are committed to processing grant applications as quickly as possible to provide vital financial support to businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors with grants of up to £6,000 .

If your business is eligible, complete the online registration form.

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