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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Support package to be brought forward for taxi, private bus and coach sectors
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A bespoke package to provide financial assistance to the taxi, private bus and coach sectors will be brought forward, Ministers have announced.

The First Minister and deputy First Minister have conferred the necessary powers on the Infrastructure Minister to administer the schemes, which will be developed urgently.

The funding package will complement the existing Executive schemes which are being progressed to provide support to other sectors impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “Covid-19 has had an enormously damaging impact on all sectors of business and services. The operators of taxis, private buses and coaches have faced a significant reduction in demand for their services, yet their overheads have continued. It is absolutely right that they should be able to avail of financial assistance to sustain them through this difficult time and I hope they will take some comfort in the knowledge that support will be forthcoming.”  

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “The Executive is committed to providing all possible support to businesses and workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The taxi, private bus and coach sectors have been negatively impacted through loss of earnings, and many have shouldered the cost of implementing safety measures to ensure the safety of their customers. I’m pleased that the Executive’s support schemes will soon include a bespoke funding package to alleviate the hardship being faced by workers in these sectors.”

The First Minister and deputy First Minister have written to the Infrastructure Minister setting out the Determination and Designation under the Financial Assistance (Northern Ireland) Act 2009, which enables the Department for Infrastructure to take forward a scheme to provide assistance. They have also requested that the Infrastructure Minister provides further detail in relation to her consideration of the impacts of the pandemic on the road haulage sector.

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