THE announcement of £1,500 grants for taxi drivers in Inverclyde has been welcomed by MSP Stuart McMillan.

Private hire drivers will have access to three times the amount of Scottish Government support than they did last year, to cover fixed costs.

Mr McMillan said: "Many of these drivers in Inverclyde have gone above and beyond the call of duty by providing transport for key workers and taking people safely to hospital appointments.

“This is the recognition they deserve in what has been a tough time for the industry due to the lockdown restrictions."