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 Post subject: liverpool grant
PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:46 pm 
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Thousands of taxi drivers in Liverpool are to be offered grants of up to £210 to help them deal with coronavirus restrictions.

The city has 3,886 licensed drivers, who have been "hit hard" by the decline of the hospitality industry in recent months, Liverpool City Council said.

As a result, the council has approved funds of £663,400 for the grants.

One driver, who asked to remain anonymous, said he would refuse the amount offered, as it was "an insult".

Since 14 October, the city has been in tier three, which means pubs must shut unless they serve substantial meals.

The grants will see Hackney cab and private hire vehicle drivers given the £40 cost of their driver badge, plus a further £170 for their vehicle plate if they own the cab, a council spokesman said.

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 Post subject: Re: liverpool grant
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I wish someone would insult me by giving me £210.00

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 Post subject: Re: liverpool grant
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grandad wrote:
I wish someone would insult me by giving me £210.00



Many I know who have not covered their fixed costs from the beginning of the pandemic would snap their hand off if offered £210.


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Tell the ingrate to take the money and donate it to charity.

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One driver, who asked to remain anonymous, said he would refuse the amount offered, as it was "an insult".

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 Post subject: Re: liverpool grant
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Jimbo wrote:
Tell the ingrate to take the money and donate it to charity.

Indeed, that's precisely what the driver suggested [-(

The rest of the article puts the driver's point in some sort of context. Indeed, when I saw the figures (£170 for plate, £40 for badge) I was kind of guessing it might be something to do with that:

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Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the taxi trade was "a valued part of the city's economy, particularly as they are among the first people that visitors to our city come into contact with".

"This is our way of doing what we can to assist them during these unprecedented times," he added.

The anonymous driver said trade was "suffering due to a lack of business", but as he rented his vehicle, he would only receive £40.

"This, to me, is an insult and I will refuse the pathetic offer," he said.

He added that he would prefer to donate the money to the school meals fund the council announced earlier.

Unite union spokesman Tommy McIntyre said his members were "grateful" for the funds.

"It is not just the financial wellbeing of our drivers that is at stake, but their mental health and the impact on their families," he said.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-m ... e-54663017


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Can see entirely what the driver's getting at here. Fine if you're a fleet owner or owner-driver. But if you're on a collar/settle you're only getting £40 [-(


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 Post subject: Re: liverpool grant
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StuartW wrote:
Can see entirely what the driver's getting at here. Fine if you're a fleet owner or owner-driver. But if you're on a collar/settle you're only getting £40 [-(

It is £23.50 here.

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 Post subject: Re: liverpool grant
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edders23 wrote:
and Zero,Nil.Zilch here !

Have you asked your Council for any support? We asked.

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 Post subject: Re: liverpool grant
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grandad wrote:
StuartW wrote:
Can see entirely what the driver's getting at here. Fine if you're a fleet owner or owner-driver. But if you're on a collar/settle you're only getting £40 [-(

It is £23.50 here.

The equivalent of the licence extension?

Mine's is worth about £13 for the badge, maybe £40 for the plate.

But it's an extension on renewals, so because I apply for the three year licences, I won't benefit until the extension kicks in towards 2024 :-s

Council say any licence in issue at lockdown will be given a three month extension on renewal.

So if that rule still applies in a couple of years, those renewing just before lockdown won't get the benefit of their extension until 2026 :roll:

I suspect the reason they're doing it that way will be to maintain current revenues, and they'll just put the fees up in a year or two to cover the shortfall [-(

But we've got one-year options on both plates and badges, so proportionately, a three-month extension on a one-year licence will obviously be of much more benefit than on the three-year options.

Obviously I'd have preferred it if they'd automatically extended current licences by three months.


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 Post subject: Re: liverpool grant
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According to TaxiPoint website the good folks of Barnsley are in for a £500 grant each. :shock:

https://www.taxi-point.co.uk/post/barns ... om-council

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 Post subject: Re: liverpool grant
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:40 pm 
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Good afternoon,



Thank you for the below email.



We are still establishing the policy for the discretionary scheme we are to deliver.



I shall add you to the enquiries list we have so once it goes live you can review the policy. I’ve asked my licensing team to respond in respect of reduced fees or extended plates.



Cheers.

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