Free bus travel in January for unemployed people

John Fitzsimons
by Lovemoney Staff John Fitzsimons on 10 December 2012  |  Comments 2 comments

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

Free bus travel in January for unemployed people

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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Comments (2)

  • LENA
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    LENA said

    I think it is a good idea and should be extended to include the first month of employment to get them on their feet as it can be a big problem (and expense) trying to get to work if you don't have any money.

    Report on 11 December 2012  |  Love thisLove  0 loves
  • culluding-fool
    Love rating 60
    culluding-fool said

    Definitely a good idea for those near bus routes, and it helps level the playing field a little for some rural people who spend a good chunk of their benefits just getting to the Job Centre to sign on.

    It would be nice to see something like this extended to those of us in areas where bus travel is virtually non existent, like they do with Job Centre interviews where they pay the bus fare regardless of method of travel used. A bus card will not be of much use to me, especially as most jobs around here mention that own transport is needed to get to them. However, it will save me nearly £6 for the trip to go and sign on.

    Report on 13 December 2012  |  Love thisLove  0 loves

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