Councillor Harkin referred to the discussion by the Committee regarding taxi drivers that have been experiencing poverty due to the pandemic and the failure of Stormont to put financial relief schemes in place. He stated that he was aware of another discussion pending at the Executive on how to assist taxi drivers. He stated that the Committee had agreed to contact a number of ministers on the matter and asked if any responses had been received.
In response, the Director of Health and Community advised that correspondence on the matter has been issued and Members will be updated accordingly on any responses received.
The Chair advised that the Minister had just announced a change in the financial packages for taxi drivers. He stated that they could apply to a second scheme. He stated that the drivers who had lost out over payment holidays, or had not applied the first time, would now be permitted to apply. He advised that on the basis of an award of £3,000, there would be 30 day increments with payment holidays and for each 30 days, the driver will lose £250.00.