Taxi drivers

Taxi drivers and hairdressers will be compensated as part of the expansion of the covid business support program

Scottish taxi drivers, hairdressers and tourism operators who have lost out due to covid restrictions are to be compensated from a £55m pot.

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, confirmed the additional business support would be made available through local councils when she delivered her covid update to the virtual session of the Scottish parliament on Wednesday.

Sturgeon detailed the breakdown of support saying: “Up to £28m will be allocated to taxi and private hire drivers and operators, £19m will support services such as beauticians and hairdressers, £5m £3 million will be provided for sport, and an additional £3 million for tourism.

The money comes on top of £200m out of a total of £375m in support the government plans to provide to businesses affected by covid.

Glasgow private taxi and hire drivers protested in the city center last week against the industry’s ‘total exclusion’ from Covid-related business support.

The ‘sit in’ blocked George Square and surrounding streets from 10am on Wednesday 29 in what drivers said was an attempt to get their message across to the Scottish government as tighter restrictions were reinstated to curb the rise of omicron cases.

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