Free bus travel for jobseekers

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BUS firm First has joined Stagecoach in offering free travel to South Yorkshire job seekers in January in a bid to help them people get back to work.

The Bus for Jobs scheme is a new industry initiative enabling young jobseekers to use buses free of charge for a month.

It will cover 70 per cent of the country’s bus routes – providing free travel to jobseekers who have been unemployed for between three months and one year.

The scheme will cover holders of a JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card.

Those who are eligible for the card, which is available through JobCentre Plus, include people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser in returning to employment.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “Good bus services play a huge role in boosting economic growth by helping people to access employment and training opportunities.

“I have been encouraging bus operators to look at the fare deals they can offer to young people looking for work, so I congratulate the operators doing so in January and look forward to seeing other offers in the future.”