Taxi and private hire drivers who have been substantially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will be able to apply for a monthly support grant, Bury North Labour have confirmed.
According to a Tweet posted by @BuryNorthLabour, cabbies licensed within Bury will be able to apply for the monthly support payments of up to £677.
The travel industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors over the last 12 months; with taxi and private hire drivers unable to work from home, and people advised to remain at their residence where possible, drivers have struggled to keep their heads above water.
Licensing authorities around the UK have stepped in to offer some financial relief for drivers, with payments ranging from £100 per driver, to £1,500 per applicant.
Bury cabbies are next to receive a support package to help with overhead costs. Bury North Labour announced: "Extra support for Bury's taxi drivers.
"Bury's Labour cabinet has approved a new package of support to include Bury's taxi drivers, meaning you're now eligible to apply for up to £677 per month in grant support.
"Find out more at burymeansbusiness.bury.gov.uk"
Other UK support packages have included:
The Welsh Government recently revealed further details of the £200million support package for non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses that continue to be impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
The news was welcomed by Unite Wales Union who said it was good news for taxi drivers, who would be able to claim a third discretionary grant from local authorities if their wages were down 40% or more.
Scottish Government has also offered support to taxi and private hire drivers, offering a one-off payment of £1,500 per driver.
The payments are to be applied for through individual licensing authorities.