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Free bus travel in January for unemployed people

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The Government is enhancing a travel scheme in a bid to help people find work.


A travelcard offered to the unemployed is to be improved to offer cardholders free bus travel throughout January.

The JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card already offers half-price journeys, but is being revamped to help people trying to find a job.

The card is available to those who have been without a job for between three months and a year, and who are claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support.

Around 800,000 people are currently eligible.

The card will cover over 70% of bus routes in England, Scotland and Wales, with all the networks below signing up to take part:

  • Arriva
  • Blackpool Transport
  • Cardiff Bus
  • First
  • Go-Ahead
  • Kinchbus
  • National Express
  • Network Warrington
  • Stagecoach
  • Trent Barton

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